Marian Dianne Brazas, 70, of Tampa, Florida, mother of four, passed away on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 after a difficult illness. Dianne was born in DeKalb, Illinois to parents Stella “Kit” Kelley and Marion Brown.
She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Christopher Brazas. Dianne is survived by her loving family: siblings, Sherrie (David) Vick, John Brown, and Pati Brown; sons, John (Jackie) Shearer, Sean Brazas (Lauren Pizzo) and Carson (Erica) Brazas; seven grandchildren: Maddox Ryan, Maddox Rollins, Sloan, Jameson, Carter, Kara, and Molly; cousins, nieces, nephews, long-time very special friend, Bill Siegel, and many other wonderful friends.
Dianne was an honored Vietnam era Veteran. She enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving her tour of duty primarily in Germany. She later received her undergrad with honors from USF. Dianne held many positions during her working years, teacher, realtor, Disney Resort telemarketer, and numerous others. She later endeavored to market her artistic and crafting skills, selling her creations in several markets.
Her beautiful and friendly smile greeted all and made everyone feel at home. Dianne was an exceptional multi-media artist and crafts person; her projects were legion including doll making, water and oil painting, cake decorating, gingerbread house making, mural painting, machine embroidering, elaborate Christmas stocking making and various other creations. She won art opportunities to design two swans in the Lakeland Swansation art competition, one of which was commissioned by August Busch, III, and the other residing at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Dianne was always a fierce competitor, but particularly loved pickleball and playing cards, namely 500, which she and her siblings began playing as a memorial to their father. Dianne and Bill made formidable partners and enjoyed many road trips, family and other events as well as pickleball and cards together over many years.
Dianne firmly believed in her Savior and held fast to the belief that she would once again see her beloved son, Christopher, and other family members when she left this earth. Dianne strongly believed in the power of prayer and was very blessed through many prayers of faithful family and friends. Nothing was more important to her than her family.
Dianne developed a strong political interest and created a dedicated base of wonderful friends through a Facebook group she created.
Dianne and her family are deeply grateful for the love and support of dear friends and family who she missed tremendously when she was unable to participate or visit. Even during her last moments, she was ‘liking’ on FB. She was a competitive fighter, always optimistic, never a complainer, and never gave up hope of recovery and once again living a wonderful life.
We’re thankful for the many health care providers and care givers who provided for Dianne during a complicated illness.