Diane Jackson, former long-time Canadian resident, loving mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, died April 26, 2019, in Round Rock, Texas. Diane was born April 18, 1950, in Hemphill County Hospital to William J and Lilree Jackson, and grew up in Canadian, her school days culminating in her stint as the shortest drum major in the history of the Canadian Wildcat Band. She graduated high school in 1968 and attended Park College in Missouri and UT Austin, then enrolled at UT Law School. Her law education was interrupted the summer after her first year when she met and married Canadian veterinarian Pat Crouch. She remained in Canadian and raised her two daughters, Katie and Sara Pat, acting as the Chamber of Commerce manager there for many years. Diagnosed with MS at age 35, Diane determined to live life fully. She loved to garden and many will remember her yard of beautiful flowers and roses. She continued to work with the Chamber for her community, and was particularly proud of her role in helping to establish the trail at Lake Marvin to the historic Landmark Cottonwood Tree,and her success in bringing the MS 150 to the Panhandle and through Canadian. Diane later completed her education at the University of North Texas, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Services. In 2000 she moved to Central Texas to be nearer to her parents and her daughters. But a highlight of her life was returning every five years to the Canadian School reunion to revisit her home and see all of her old classmates and close friends. She was still talking of it and hoping to attend in 2020.
Diane was preceded in death by her father, William J Jackson in 2009. Living on and missing her are her daughter Katie Crouch of Georgetown, Texas; her daughter Sara Schmidt and husband Nathan and their son and the light of Diane’s life, grandson Wyatt Schmidt, of San Antonio; mother, Lilree Jackson of Georgetown; and sister Janie Kessie and husband Charles, and sister Eileen Kuhn and husband John, also of Georgetown; four nieces and one nephew; and six great-nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of Diane’s life and inurnment of her ashes are planned in Canadian on May 11. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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