Diana Montgomery Hyland Huggin passed away on August 17, 2015 after a long illness. Diana was born in Smithfield, NC on November 10, 1941. A graduate of Smithfield High School in 1960, she studied piano with Flora Canaday and at age 15 was selected to appear as a junior soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. She graduated from Duke University in 1964, where she studied piano with Loren Withers. She obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Harvard University and taught public school music for several years in the Boston area as well as in Durham, NC. In 1985, she became a Realtor in the Durham/Chapel Hill area and was a member of the Durham Regional Association of Realtors until June, 2012. Diana very much enjoyed the real estate business, both her colleagues as well as the many people she helped to buy or sell a house. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Durham and served as an elder and deacon.
Surviving are: David M. Huggin, her beloved husband, a retired attorney who practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, NY; two sons from a previous marriage to Dr. William T. Hyland: David Christopher Hyland, an attorney practicing with Hyland & Padilla, PLLC, in Durham, NC, his wife, Laurie and Grandsons Brandon Christopher and William Bradsher; and Jonathan Franklin Hyland, a graphic designer practicing with M Creative in Winston-Salem, NC, his wife, Katie and Granddaughter Parker Diana; a brother, J. Frank Montgomery III and his wife, Elizabeth, in Cincinnati, OH; a sister, Janet Montgomery and her husband, Dan Veilleux, in Boone, NC; a step daughter, Katherine Huggin Schulz in Walnut Creek, CA, her husband, William, and 2 step Grandsons, David Schulz and Christopher Schulz.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Jeffrey Tepler and his staff, along with other dedicated caregivers during Diana’s illness.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made either to the Triangle Land Conservancy, 514 South Duke Street, Durham, NC 27701, or First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.
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A memorial service celebrating Diana’s life will be held August 29 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, NC.