Linda Dian Brasher, 76, born February 6, 1947 passed away peacefully on May 28, 2023 in Conroe, Texas. She was loved by family and friends and all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
Linda Dian Brasher, known as Dian, was born in Decaturville, Tennessee to William and Maxine Vise Brasher. William Brasher, a World War II Veteran who later became a County employee and farmer and Maxine Vise Brasher, a homemaker, welcomed Dian happily as did her older brother, Larry Brasher. Dian and family were lifelong members of the Decaturville Methodist Church.
Dian was always a strong student and was involved in many clubs throughout her school career. William and Maxine always expected her best and she did not disappoint! Upon graduating from Decaturville High School, Dian attended The University of Tennessee at Memphis and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist for close to a decade and enjoyed her job and interacting with customers.
Dian later became a sales representative for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. She worked for Upjohn for twenty-two years and became a Regional Operations Manager in the Memphis Region. She moved frequently as the job required and met many new people along the way. Upon announcing her retirement, she stated the next stage in her life would be spending time with her mother, Maxine, doing volunteer work, gardening, cooking, and adopting a canine child from the Humane Shelter. Dian’s retirement was full of time with family, supporting the University of Tennessee as a former alum, photography, and travel.
As a labor of love, Dian undertook the project of scanning and copying all the annuals and senior class photos that she could find in Decatur County to be placed on the internet history site of Yesterday’s Tennessee. Dian loved her community and was always looking for ways to reach out and connect.
Her biggest passion became working with the Animal Shelter to foster dogs and then to find homes to transport the dogs across the country. There were many times she would meet transport trucks who carried the dogs to their new homes. Dian had doggies locally that she cared for and trained as well as her own personal dogs who brought so much joy into her life.
After both her parents passed, Dian moved to Montgomery, Texas and started the next stage of her life. She was close to Larry and Gail and their children Michelle and Laura and her great nephews and niece, Craig, Kyle, Noah, and Catherine.
Upon moving to Texas, Dian joined the First Methodist Church in Conroe, Texas and attended church with Gail and Larry Brasher. Dian had such a firm belief and faith which carried her and supported her throughout her lifetime. She will be buried in the Decaturville Cemetery next to her parents, William and Maxine Brasher. As she goes to be with The Lord, she will once again be reunited with her brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Gail Brasher. While our family is devastated at the loss, we know that she is at peace, without pain, and forever in the house of The Lord.
Dian is survived by her niece, Michelle Brasher Swanson and her husband, Lloyd Swanson. Her great-nephews, Craig Swanson and Kyle Swanson, who will always remember her happy smile, big laugh, fun personality, and her love for them. Dian is survived by her niece, Laura Brasher Sampson and her husband, Bobby Sampson. Her great- nephew, Noah Sampson and great-niece Catherine Sampson who will always remember her presence in their lives and her love of all dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 3rd, at Reed’s Chapel in Decaturville, Tennessee from 10:00-12:00. The funeral service will follow and will be officiated by Brother Carter of Decaturville Methodist Church.