Dianne Finley Searcy

October 19, 1948 – September 12, 1988

 

Wetumpka lost one of its biggest cheerleaders recently.

Dianne Finley Searcy was Wetumpka through and through, except for the part that was all out Auburn Tiger. Her death will leave a hole in the heart of Wetumpka as well as all the people who loved her.

Dianne was born in Wetumpka where her grandparents also lived.   Later, the family lived in Germany where Dianne’s dad was stationed. Dianne looked forward to getting back to Germany for nearly 50 years before she had a wonderful trip in 2016.

If you ever talked with Dianne you know she loved her family and the many students she taught at Wetumpka High School. She told many stories about her students, the bad ones as well as the good ones. She started many conversations by “My Big Mama,” “My Aunt Jenny,” “My Uncle Demp”…not to speak of Bayne and Perry Elizabeth. But after the grandchildren…! ALL conversations began with Baylor, then Owen, then Janie Bess, finally Wynn. Nobody was ever more enthralled with their grandchildren than Dianne. She was proud of every first step, every first word, every smile, every funny comment. If you knew Dianne, you knew her grandchildren.

Trinity Episcopal Church benefitted, as did her friends, from her flower arranging skills, her expertise in arts and crafts, the dishes she cooked, the Christmas gifts she created, the events she planned. Chief among those events was the Trinity Breakfast for the Wetumpka High School Football Team. When that breakfast happened on September 20, it was a real memorial to Dianne.

Dianne loved to travel and put many trips together for friends and students. She was an avid gardener and reader and an accomplished seamstress. Nobody enjoyed holidays more, especially Halloween, when everything in the house had something scary hanging on it, and Christmas when she had so many Christmas trees you couldn’t count them.

Her passing will be mourned by her husband Chip, her son Bayne (Melissa) of Jasper, AL and daughter Perry Elizabeth (Kevin) Caton of Wetumpka and her grandchildren Baylor and Owen Searcy and Janie Bess and Wynn Caton as well as the many students she taught.

Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or the Elmore County Community Foundation.

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