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Celebrating the life of
Dianne Parnell Collins-Hamrick
August 26, 1946 - February 24, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 1:00pm - Saturday, April 08, 2017
  • St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Church
  • 85 Gloster Rd., NW (Map)
    Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044

  • 770-381-7337

I had the privilege of meeting Diane when she presented me with my wonderful Kerry Rescue. She was a great person. She will be remembered with the love she had for all. And, will be greatly missed. My sincere sympathy for your loss.

Mary Ruopp, Meridianville, AL

I am so sorry for your loss. My association with Dianne was through the KBTF. She was helpful and pleasant at all times while I served for a year as a rescue coordinator.

Shannon Miller, Manti, UT

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in the loss of Dianne. What a dear, special friend and individual she was. Our friendship began when she rescued our 3rd and very special Kerry, Guinness, and continued through the years. We will miss her greatly!!

Craig & Elaine Fowler, Corinth, TX

You have our deepest sympathy. May the God of Love and Peace be with you and your family. May it console you to know that others care and think of you. We ask God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow that fills your heart. John 5:28,29

Trotty Family, Snellville, GA

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Dianne. She was a special person who knew how to connect with humans and animals- especially her beloved Kerry Blues. I will always remember her as she was the liaison between my Bailey boy and me. I was able to rescue him through Dianne's hard work and diligence. We enjoyed good conversation regarding humans and their four legged friends and their endless relationship that transcends life and death. I am certain Dianne is surrounded by her sweet kerries- heaven has gained another angel. Please know how much the rest of the world mourns with you as Dianne touched so many of us. I hope you find comfort in your memories. God bless you all.

JoAnn McCann, Highland Park, IL

Good by, my dear, sweet friend, although I' don't think I'll ever be able to accept that you are really gone. You were so much a part of my life the last twenty years that I can not fathom that our escapades and sharing of all that life threw our way are truly over. You were the best in a world that always presented challenges, joys and heartache. As you have crossed over, I will have to accept that you were the leader and will be preparing the way for those of us who love you and will follow in your tracks someday.

Diane Fitch, Savanna, Ga

Since death wasn't originally God's purpose for mankind it is very painful to deal with, but please read the wonderful hope that The Bible holds out for us all at Revelation 21;3&4

Doroth Miller, Dacula , Ga

Words cannot even express the love and gratitude I felt for Diane . She was one of the kindest and gracious women I have had the pleasure of working with in rescue . She loved her dogs and her dog family , and never hesitated to remind you that she put her home life first , but she would do what ever it took for either one . I hope you are at peace Darling and we in t dog rescue will carry on in your memory , and hope Dick and Jackie will grieve and carry on in your memory as well . We will miss your laugh . Love you

Kim Applegate, Cincinnati, Ohio

Many, many Kerry Blues awaited Dianne at the Bridge I am sure. My condolences to her family. She was special and we will miss her dearly.

Sharon Burnett, Seattle, WA

My condolences to Dianne's family. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with Dianne to help our beloved Kerries. She was so committed and such fun. I'll treasure the hours we spent on the phone together.

Tracey Fulmer, Amherst, NH

We first knew Dianne years ago when she worked for NCR and then shared some great times in Georgia. It was a real privilege to know her. Thanks for posting those beautiful pictures. We lost touch when we moved back to Florida. It looks like she enjoyed a happy life.

Marty & Jo Ann Bursuk, Bradenton, FL

Dianne was a delightful woman, & a wonderful friend. We met through KBTF years ago. My Casey is littermate to Deaghan

Rita Lockwood, Amity, OR

What a special and amazing woman Dianne was. From helping me with my Kerry Blue or just talking stories with me about family, travel, books, whatever, there is a hole in my life now. My deepest sympathizes to Dick, Jackie, and all who know and lived her.

Judi Young, Honolulu, HI

Dianne taught me much. She taught me what rescue is all about, a second chance to live again. She taught me how to listen. More importantly, Dianne taught me how to love. Her love of Kerries was contagious. My life will not be the same without Dianne in it. I'm already missing our chats. The gates of Kerry heaven has opened for this special gal. God bless...

Stephanie Moore , Baltimore , Md

Dick: as a fellow classmate at Ole BC I trust that the good Lord will help you and the family through this very difficult time in your life. We have you all in our prayers. Warmest regards, Gerald & Delores.

Fleming, Gerald & Delores, Statesboro, GA

My heartfelt condolences Jackie and Dick. Love transcends all and may it wrap around y'all in this difficult time. Hugs from afar.

Meg Hickman , Ocala, FL

Dianne was an amazing woman. Always enjoyed our talks. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to you all. ~Christy

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My time with Dianne was too brief. I enjoyed being her friend. Condolences to her family.

Fred Bremen, Palm Bay, Fl

She was one of the funniest people I've known. She will be missed dearly. So sad. So sorry for your loss.

Amy Wing, Midway, Ga

Jackie my love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a wonderful woman and her presence will be missed by many. RIP Dianne.

Gail McCarthy, Enterprise, AL

Dianne was the closest thing to family to me. She was the sanity in my life. She will be missed everyday of my life. She made my heart smile. Life will never be the same without her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie, Dick, Diane and Buddy.

Glenda Weddle, Gainesville, Va

Dianne Parnell Collins passed away on February 24, 2017 after a brief illness.

Born on August 26, 1946 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Dianne lived a life of challenges, triumphs, adventures and love.  A lover of creatures great and small, Dianne touched the lives of every person and animal she met.  The wife and daughter of military officers, Dianne spent her life on Air Forces bases around the United States and Europe, developing her love of travel and adventure.  Dianne was a graduate of Edison High School in Virginia, a student of Louisiana State University, and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.    Living in Miami, Florida for many years, Dianne worked in sales for the NCR Corporation and enjoyed time on the water with friends. After retirement Dianne split her time between Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, working to save lives through dog rescue organizations.  A devoted mother to her daughter, she instilled life lessons and unconditional love.  She is preceded in death by her parents Claude Parnell Jr. and June Osborn Parnell.

She is survived by her husband Dick Hamrick and daughter Jacqueline Chappell (Tim) of Savannah, Georgia, brother Richard Parnell (Lydia) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and their families, as well as countless friends.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Church, 85 Gloster Rd., NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. A memorial graveside service will be held at the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah at a date to be announced.   In lieu of flowers, please contribute to organizations close to Dianne’s heart, the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation and the Humane Society of the United States.

 

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I had the privilege of meeting Diane when she presented me with my wonderful Kerry Rescue. She was a great person. She will be remembered with the love she had for all. And, will be greatly missed. My sincere sympathy for your loss.

Mary Ruopp, Meridianville, AL

I am so sorry for your loss. My association with Dianne was through the KBTF. She was helpful and pleasant at all times while I served for a year as a rescue coordinator.

Shannon Miller, Manti, UT

Candle tribute lit by annbvanderplough@gmail.com — Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in the loss of Dianne. What a dear, special friend and individual she was. Our friendship began when she rescued our 3rd and very special Kerry, Guinness, and continued through the years. We will miss her greatly!!

Craig & Elaine Fowler, Corinth, TX

You have our deepest sympathy. May the God of Love and Peace be with you and your family. May it console you to know that others care and think of you. We ask God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow that fills your heart. John 5:28,29

Trotty Family, Snellville, GA

Candle tribute lit by JoAnn McCann and Bailey — Illinois

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Dianne. She was a special person who knew how to connect with humans and animals- especially her beloved Kerry Blues. I will always remember her as she was the liaison between my Bailey boy and me. I was able to rescue him through Dianne's hard work and diligence. We enjoyed good conversation regarding humans and their four legged friends and their endless relationship that transcends life and death. I am certain Dianne is surrounded by her sweet kerries- heaven has gained another angel. Please know how much the rest of the world mourns with you as Dianne touched so many of us. I hope you find comfort in your memories. God bless you all.

JoAnn McCann, Highland Park, IL

Good by, my dear, sweet friend, although I' don't think I'll ever be able to accept that you are really gone. You were so much a part of my life the last twenty years that I can not fathom that our escapades and sharing of all that life threw our way are truly over. You were the best in a world that always presented challenges, joys and heartache. As you have crossed over, I will have to accept that you were the leader and will be preparing the way for those of us who love you and will follow in your tracks someday.

Diane Fitch, Savanna, Ga

Since death wasn't originally God's purpose for mankind it is very painful to deal with, but please read the wonderful hope that The Bible holds out for us all at Revelation 21;3&4

Doroth Miller, Dacula , Ga

Words cannot even express the love and gratitude I felt for Diane . She was one of the kindest and gracious women I have had the pleasure of working with in rescue . She loved her dogs and her dog family , and never hesitated to remind you that she put her home life first , but she would do what ever it took for either one . I hope you are at peace Darling and we in t dog rescue will carry on in your memory , and hope Dick and Jackie will grieve and carry on in your memory as well . We will miss your laugh . Love you

Kim Applegate, Cincinnati, Ohio

Candle tribute lit by Kim Applegate — Ohio

Candle tribute lit by Judy Schlotzhauer — Texas

Many, many Kerry Blues awaited Dianne at the Bridge I am sure. My condolences to her family. She was special and we will miss her dearly.

Sharon Burnett, Seattle, WA

My condolences to Dianne's family. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with Dianne to help our beloved Kerries. She was so committed and such fun. I'll treasure the hours we spent on the phone together.

Tracey Fulmer, Amherst, NH

Candle tribute lit by Rhonda McDonald — Texas

We first knew Dianne years ago when she worked for NCR and then shared some great times in Georgia. It was a real privilege to know her. Thanks for posting those beautiful pictures. We lost touch when we moved back to Florida. It looks like she enjoyed a happy life.

Marty & Jo Ann Bursuk, Bradenton, FL

Candle tribute lit by Marty & Jo Ann Bursuk — Florida

Dianne was a delightful woman, & a wonderful friend. We met through KBTF years ago. My Casey is littermate to Deaghan

Rita Lockwood, Amity, OR

Candle tribute lit by Rita Lockwood — Oregon

Candle tribute lit by Judi Young — Hawaii

What a special and amazing woman Dianne was. From helping me with my Kerry Blue or just talking stories with me about family, travel, books, whatever, there is a hole in my life now. My deepest sympathizes to Dick, Jackie, and all who know and lived her.

Judi Young, Honolulu, HI

Dianne taught me much. She taught me what rescue is all about, a second chance to live again. She taught me how to listen. More importantly, Dianne taught me how to love. Her love of Kerries was contagious. My life will not be the same without Dianne in it. I'm already missing our chats. The gates of Kerry heaven has opened for this special gal. God bless...

Stephanie Moore , Baltimore , Md

Candle tribute lit by Stephanie Moore — Maryland

Candle tribute lit by Elizabeth & Lou — New Jersey

Dick: as a fellow classmate at Ole BC I trust that the good Lord will help you and the family through this very difficult time in your life. We have you all in our prayers. Warmest regards, Gerald & Delores.

Fleming, Gerald & Delores, Statesboro, GA

My heartfelt condolences Jackie and Dick. Love transcends all and may it wrap around y'all in this difficult time. Hugs from afar.

Meg Hickman , Ocala, FL

Candle tribute lit by Meg Hickman — Florida

Dianne was an amazing woman. Always enjoyed our talks. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to you all. ~Christy

, ,

My time with Dianne was too brief. I enjoyed being her friend. Condolences to her family.

Fred Bremen, Palm Bay, Fl

Candle tribute lit by Nate Vanderplough — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Monica Gonzalez — Florida

She was one of the funniest people I've known. She will be missed dearly. So sad. So sorry for your loss.

Amy Wing, Midway, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Craig Chappell — Washington

Jackie my love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a wonderful woman and her presence will be missed by many. RIP Dianne.

Gail McCarthy, Enterprise, AL

Candle tribute lit by Gail McCarthy — Alabama

Dianne was the closest thing to family to me. She was the sanity in my life. She will be missed everyday of my life. She made my heart smile. Life will never be the same without her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie, Dick, Diane and Buddy.

Glenda Weddle, Gainesville, Va


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