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Dianna Elizabeth "Buff" Dean Williams-Bowman
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1942
Death: Sep. 21, 2010
Houston County
Texas, USA

September 7, 1942 - September 21, 2010

Dianna Elizabeth ""Buff"" Dean Williams Bowman, 68, of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Funeral services for Mrs. Dianna Elizabeth ""Buff"" Dean Williams Bowman are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Rodney McGlothlin officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett.

She was born September 7, 1942 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Crockett her entire life. Buff graduated from Crockett High School in 1961 after spending four active years with her friends and classmates. During her high school years she served on the student council and was involved in many school clubs. She was an organizing member of the Crockett Drill Team, the Crockettes, and served as an officer and Choreographer for this organization. She was President of the Crockett Pep Squad and was elected Senior Class Favorite by her class. During these years she sang with the choral group, the Clarettes, directed by Mrs. Paul Stokes.

She grew up as a member of the First Baptist Church and served them at an early age as both organist and pianist, working alongside her mother, Albertine, who served many years as choir director. She participated in all youth programs of this church.

Buff attended Mary Hardin Baylor and SMU where she studied music education. She taught piano and voice lessons in Crockett and as a married adult, once again served as organist and pianist for the First Baptist Church. She organized and conducted the Newcomer Singing Group for young girls and directed the Melody Makers, a singing group of adult seniors.

Buff served as a trustee of the Crockett Independent School District. She served CISD as a volunteer for the band and other school activities while her children attended school. Buff was a 41-year member of the Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having joined as a Junior member. She served as Chaplain of this organization. She was Sweet Heart and member of the Crockett Lions Club. Buff was a member of the Crockett Chamber of Commerce and worked as an Ambassador for the chamber.

For the past fifteen years, Buff made her church home at the First Baptist Church in College Station where she was a staff member. She served as organist for her beloved church and participated as a member of Cornerstone, a church singing group that performed in the area and presented musicals for their congregation.

Buff leaves a legacy of service and leadership to her community, a marvelous musical talent and unsurpassable love for her family, her friends and those she served.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. John L. Dean and Albertine Smith Dean; brother, John L. ""Johnny"" Dean III; and sister, Joanelle Dean.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Bowman of Crockett; brother, Smitty Dean and wife, Rae Pat and their children, Cameron and Catherine of Crockett; sons, John Williams and wife, Tracy, of Katy, Scott Williams and wife, Shannon, of Huntsville, David Williams and wife, Jennifer, of Knoxville, Tennessee and Russell Williams and wife, Amanda, of Prosper; grandchildren, Cody, Chris, and Cami Williams of Katy, Kaitlin, Karlee and Klaire Williams of Huntsville, Avery Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee, Marcus and Maggie Williams of Prosper; nieces, Ashley Dean Florez and husband, David and their children, Madison, Meredith, and Makayla, Lindsay Dean Switzer and husband, Chris and their children, Kelsey, Bailey and Brantley; numerous other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hattie S. Wootters Scholarship Fund c/o First Baptist Church Crockett 801 E. Goliad Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835, First Baptist Church College Station Mission Fund, 2300 Welsh Ave., College Station, TX 77845 or Covenant Fellowship Vision Fund, P. O. Box 10769 Huntsville Texas 77340.

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Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from September 24 to September 26, 2010 
Family links: 
  John Lake Dean (1911 - 1977)
  Albertine Marguerite Smith Dean (1914 - 1989)
  Francis Joanelle Dean (1938 - 1943)*
  Dianna Elizabeth Dean Williams-Bowman (1942 - 2010)
  John Lake Dean (1945 - 1994)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Park
Houston County
Texas, USA
Created by: Sandi Costa
Record added: Sep 24, 2010
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