In the midst of the world being turned upside down, we are sad to say goodbye to Diana Maria Brown, also known as Ba. She was such an amazing woman. Daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and a friend to many. Diana’s life and generosity touched many others and she was truly adored by everyone who knew her. Her loss was sudden and unexpected which make it only more deeply felt.
We remember Diana as an incredibly creative person. As a teenager, she taught herself to play the guitar. Although she learned to read music a bit, she was talented at playing by ear. When she would play for friends and family, she would strum and sing songs she knew in English and Spanish (a language to this day no one knows how or when she learned it). Diana was also an amazing artist. She could sketch, paint and carve the most amazing images out of linoleum tile. Over her life, she would dabble in a bunch of different creative outlets - crochet, gardening and crafting. She was literally a jack of all trades.
Diana also loved to learn. She was incredibly curious, or maybe just liked knowing things. She read and watched educational television voraciously and amassed a vast knowledge of trivia on many different subjects. She could always work a random fact or tidbit into conversation even when it had nothing to do with the conversation exactly. She was the original Google Search Engine.
Diana, had a passion for science fiction and fantasy. You could not have a conversation with her without hearing a reference to Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Tolkien or Anne McCaffrey (just to name a few). But her Star Trek obsession was legendary, and you could not make it through an episode of any of her favorite shows with hearing her talking back to the characters on TV while everyone else was trying to watch the show!
Fiercely loyal, wise, and so very stubborn, especially when she knew she was right, Diana was our bravest protector. She was never known to turn down a request for help or assistance, even when she probably should have. She also had an incredible sense of humor, with a laughter that could always warm your heart. Ba had an inexplicable love of marzipan candies, chocolate, Coke, cashews and anything salty.
Diana, was full of so much life and wisdom. You could always go to her with any questions or concerns. No matter the circumstance. Although she will be sorely missed for so many things, we know that we have gained an ancestor. Diana will ALWAYS be with us in spirit.
Diana is survived by her three children; Carina Washington, Carl Brown and Veronica Littlejohn. Her eight grandchildren; Brianna Gonzales, Joshua Gonzales, Isaiah Hackshaw, Angel Castro, Takara Joseph, Amaya Joseph, Alex Castro and Tiana-Maria Castro. Her 3 siblings; Anthony Chambers, Ann Marie Chambers, Christopher Chambers. And her nieces and nephew; Tamara Chambers, Alexander Chambers and Ariel Chambers-Roca.
“Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.” - Henry Scott Holland.
Until we meet in the next room.
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