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Woodard, Diane

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Diane Kay Woodard, 57, took Jesus' hand and died peacefully late Friday evening July 12th at Tranquility Hospice Center in Kennesaw, GA. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to Raymond and Hellen Zwingeberg on October 13th, 1961. Growing up Diane loved baking, reading, writing, singing in the church choir, painting and drawing. While in High School Diane loved spending time with her family at their vacation condo in Islamorada, FL fishing with her dad and shell hunting with her mother, sister and brother. From all her Florida trips, Diane loved to create shell art transforming lamps and mirrors into beautiful works of art and selling them. After moving to Atlanta, GA, and being a beloved stay at home mom for 14 years, Diane began her journey at Tippens Education Center. She began as a substitute teacher and later became a Paraprofessional for high school and then middle school students. She had a kind and patient heart for the students at the school and over the years the staff became her circle of best friends and family. They each held a special place in her heart. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Zwingeberg and Katie Simmons. She is survived by her husband Michael and their three daughters Leigha, Nicole and Olivia. Funeral services were held at Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Dr. Woodstock, GA 30188 on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at or The Georgia House Rabbit Society at Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at

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