Dianne Sanders Richard

August 30, 1942 - September 16, 2019

Dianne Richard

Dianne Sanders Richard, 77, of Fannett died on September 16, 2019, ending her struggle with Alzheimer’s. 

Born August 30, 1942, Dianne lived her entire life in the same town where she was raised by her mother, Blanche Elkins Sanders, and the grandmother she worshipped, Lucille Rose Elkins, both deceased. She is survived by her only son and loyal caregiver, David Lance Richard, whom she absolutely adored; and her grandchildren Tyler, Chloe & Caylee Richard, each of whom she loved “more than the moon, the stars & the universe,” as she told them often. 

After her son graduated from high school, Dianne entered college and graduated with a degree in Education from Lamar University. She taught elementary school in the Hamshire-Fannett School District until retirement, and was known among students, faculty and parents for her great sense of humor and strict classroom conduct requirements. Her former students loved her unique teaching style and warm motherly hugs, and many kept in touch with her as friends over the years. 

Having played high school basketball, she continued to be an avid booster of her school district’s athletic programs, and traveled many a mile to home and away games supporting the teams. She remained a true fan of both college and pro football and basketball, loved nothing more than watching a good game involving a Texas team, and often planned her day around the playoffs schedule on TV. 

Dianne never met a Sweet or Pastry she didn’t like, and she drank lots of coffee. She was well known for her cooking and baking skills, and could recall all of the ingredients and describe in vivid detail the flavors of almost every piece of pie, cake, cookie or homemade candy she ever tasted. She knew all the stops to make on any road trip by the desserts sold in the towns along the way. If she ever cooked a meal or baked one of her fabulous desserts especially for you, you were among the loved and privileged few, and she would remind you of that. 

Throughout her life she loved dancing, gardening, flowers of all kinds, visiting friends, time with family, watching wildlife at her feeders, road trips with her girlfriends, country and soul music, the beach, and any investigative forensics show, the gorier the better. She most certainly loved all of her pets over the years and treated each one like a cherished family member. And Dianne really, really loved sleeping in late and naps. Sleep as long as you like now -- you are loved and missed by many. 

Survivors include her son, Lance Richard, of Fannett; grandson, Tyler Richard, of Austin; granddaughters, Chloe and Caylee Richard, both of Lubbock; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A gathering of Mrs. Richard’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 am, with her funeral service following at 12:00 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her Interment will be at Landrum Cemetery, Highway 124 in Fannett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue-Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, September 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, September 23, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Landrum Cemetery Landrum Cemetery
29.947580 Zzz94.232428

Comments (13)

  • Nelda Burrell Tindel

    30 September 2019 at 22:07 | #

    Prayers for family. Sad to lose another childhood friend


  • Janis Holcomb

    24 September 2019 at 01:29 | #

    I'm sorry I couldn't be there Lance. Aunt Dianne was always a pleasure to see. I just remember her always smiling and laughing. Enjoy the many wonderful memories.


  • Rachael Craigen (Swearingen)

    23 September 2019 at 19:29 | #

    Ms. Richard was my 1st grade teacher. There are a few of my teachers that will always hold a special place in my heart and she was definitely one of them. I am so sad to hear of her passing, I hate that I missed her service. Even after all these years, anytime I saw her she always hugged my neck and talked to me about what had been happening in my life. She was such a sweet lady and I know that she will be deeply missed.


  • Barbara Flickinger

    22 September 2019 at 22:48 | #

    Sending love and prayers to Diane’s family. She loved you all and you are her heart. You will always have her love. I loved teaching with Diane. There was never a dull moment with her around! I also loved her awesome fig cake. She was a special friend.


  • Melissa Horelica DuBois

    22 September 2019 at 21:02 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers


  • The Dearbonne Family

    22 September 2019 at 03:31 | #

    Our Sincere Condolences to You, Lance. We are so very sorry to hear about your Mother. She was a great and funny lady. You will be in our prayers now, and for days to come. RIP Dianne.


  • Rochelle Wimberly

    22 September 2019 at 00:40 | #

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a wonderful lady I loved so much . We will never forget her.


  • Teresa Taylor

    21 September 2019 at 23:11 | #

    Lance and family,
    I'm so very sorry to hear of Aunt Diannes passing! Love the picture! Looks just like she looked when we were younger! We used to see each other in the dollar store in fannett, before she got sick and we had a blast shooting g the bull! I always loved her! Just know that she is in a much better place! No more suffering , only happiness and joy!
    Heavens gonna be something else with her and Moma, among others who are there! Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with yall and I am sending prayers for peace and comfort for yall at this difficult time!


  • Clifford and Captola Pete Leland

    21 September 2019 at 20:31 | #

    I am so very sorry about Dianne's passing. I have known her nearly all my life. She was a very good person and friend. God bless the family.


  • Jean and John Scott

    21 September 2019 at 13:45 | #

    We didn't know Diianne well but she was a sweet woman who's company we greatly enjoyed. Our deepest condolences on your loos.


  • Dianne Helmle

    21 September 2019 at 13:11 | #

    Dear Lance & Family, Di was a wonderful cousin to me. She will be missed. You all are in my prayers during this time of grief. I am sending you my heartfelt sympathy.


  • Rose Marie Elkins Hester

    21 September 2019 at 02:13 | #

    dear cousin, I'm sorry I haven't been able to see you because I've been sick myself we spent many hours talking together all of our lives When We Were Young and old there is a gap because I moved off to Houston... Diane you can now sleep this latest you want whenever you want and take all the naps in between just be comfortable love you your cousin Rose Marie are cooter bill


  • Tammy Hargraves

    20 September 2019 at 19:23 | #

    Praying for Lance and all of her family was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known may she Rest In Peace and fly high with the angels.


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