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Diane Tate Kerr, 75

On April 3rd, 2020 Diane Tate Kerr, fabulous wife, wonderful daughter, devoted mother & mother in law, and loving grandmother passed away at the age of 75.

Diane was born on September 19, 1944 in Little Rock, AR to the late Park Elbert Tate and Mildred Huey Tate Ellard. She enjoyed growing up with her late brother Gary Don Tate. Diane married Raymond Terry Kerr on June 6, 1964. Their three children are Kimberly Alas Kerr Moore (David) of Conway, AR, Caleb Alan Kerr (Hilary) of Fishers, IN, and Joshua Clint Kerr (Leah) Beebe, AR. Diane had 6 grandchildren Mollie Olivia Bradford (Zachary), Melodie Elisabeth Moore, Henry Tate Kerr, Eli Patton Kerr, Ryce Caleb Kerr, and Joleigh Parke Kerr. She was lovingly called by several different names, Diane, Bumpkin, Mom, and TwoMama.

She graduated from Little Rock Central High School with honors. Diane was a Certified Professional Secretary and retired from A.O. Smith Inland after 20 years. Diane and Ray shared many adventures together during their 55 years of marriage. Shortly after they were married they moved to Alaska while Ray was stationed there while in the Navy. They returned back home to Little Rock two years later with their first child.  They continued traveling their whole lives. These trips took them to nearly all 50 states. Visits to Hawaii and Alaska were among the favorites.

Diane was a member of Grace Doctrine Church in St. Charles, MO and was an avid Bible student under the teaching of Pastor Teacher Joe Griffin. Diane introduced all 3 of her children to the Lord and devoted consistent energy imparting Biblical truths and doctrines to each of them during their childhood, and adulthood years too. The greater impact to her children did not come through her words, but the manner in which she consistently lived her life. A special thanks to Joe & Jo Henra Griffin and Weldon & Danna Schott for their continual prayers, care packages, flowers, cards, and support.

The family wishes to thank Arkansas Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Arkansas Hospice Foundation of Conway.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns and in compliance with the current CDC guidelines, the family has decided to have a private graveside service for the immediate family.

24 Comments

  • Yolanda YO-YO Craig Posted April 3, 2020 9:41 PM

    Such a wonderful couple. She is now in heaven above with the other angels.

  • Weldon and Danna Schott Posted April 4, 2020 8:29 AM

    We love Diane and her dear husband Raymond. We spent many happy years with them at the Shreveport Bible Conference. What a lovely example of a christian woman. We will miss her so deeply. We look forward to our eternal future with her.

  • Carol Eiseman Posted April 4, 2020 10:06 AM

    So sorry, Shane. It is a bad time to celebrate the people we love.

  • Jo Henra Griffin Posted April 4, 2020 10:11 AM

    We shall so miss Diane and her sweet face and personality. But we look forward to meeting her again in eternity!

  • Debbie and Rick James St Augustine Florida Posted April 4, 2020 10:31 AM

    How wonderful to know she is face to face with the Lord.
    May the Lord fill the void in your soul with His divine wisdom of the Word.

  • Samantha Felts Posted April 4, 2020 10:52 AM

    Praying for your family.

  • Peggy & Bubba Earnhart Posted April 4, 2020 10:54 AM

    We will miss you, sweet Diane, but know we will see each other again ❤️.You were a delight as cousins to grow up with. Rest In Peace sweet cousin. ❤️

  • Glynda Parks Posted April 4, 2020 12:30 PM

    Kerr Family:
    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers for all.
    Glynda & Ken Parks

  • Peggy Mathews Shoptaw Posted April 4, 2020 1:32 PM

    Ray, Kim, Caleb, and Josh,
    I was so sad to read that your precious Diane passed away. You were wonderful neighbors for many years. I remember when you moved to Alaska and then returned. We loved watching the children grow up – Kim, always a delightful young lady; Caleb such a fine student and athlete; Joshua who loved to throw a baseball more than anyone I have ever known. I remember the Christmas you spent in Hawaii. Such great memories of all of you. I can’t imagine how excited Diane would have been to have six grandchildren. No one has ever been more devoted to their family than she. Just regret that we have not kept in touch through the years.

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. Ray, you will feel like part of who you are is gone, but please know that God will provide in many unexpected ways. I do hope to see all of you somewhere along the way. Kelly sends her love, too.

    • RAYMOND KERR Posted April 8, 2020 11:53 AM

      Thank you Peggy for the kind words. We will miss Diane so much. She was the love of my life for over 55 years. It was a great pleasure living next door to ya’ll over the years. I was so glad that Diane and I had the opportunity to see you at the South Highland reunion. I regret also that we didn’t keep in touch better also. I know that you have enjoyed seeing Kelly become a lovely lady and wife and mother. Because of the Corona virus we were only limited to 15 at the graveside service. Diane would have planned it that way. All of us conducted our own service and had the opportunity for everyone to share a favorite memory and bible verse. We love you, Ray

  • Bridget Huey Posted April 4, 2020 1:47 PM

    I pray for our family I love all of you guys

  • Melodie Bautista Posted April 4, 2020 3:25 PM

    What a loving tribute to Dianne. I’m glad we got to meet her; only wish we had gotten to know her a little bit better at the Shreveport Bible conferences. Our condolences and sympathy to Ray and all the children and grand

  • Sharon Clark Posted April 4, 2020 3:40 PM

    Dear Ray,
    Diane will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was a ray of sunshine with her smile and would always reach to touch my hand at the Conference in Shreveport. I would have liked to have had more time to visit with her there, but we will have eternity together. Looking forward to seeing you again, Ray, at the next Conference. My best thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Frances Ables Posted April 4, 2020 5:59 PM

    fellow LRCHS classmate – she had a good life

  • Cheryl Kueker Park Posted April 4, 2020 6:54 PM

    I knew Diane since elementary school, and she was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Her family is lucky to have had her. If you will send me your email, I will send you a cute picture from our sixth grade graduation.

  • Jean Boddie Posted April 4, 2020 7:08 PM

    I too thought that Diane was a very nice person and I enjoyed knowing her during the time we went to church together in Shreveport. My prayers are with the family.

  • Helen McDermott Posted April 4, 2020 7:31 PM

    Diane was a true high school friend and lovely person! She loved God and her family! We were fortunate to have re-connected and continued enjoying our friendship! Sending Prayers love and comfort for Ray and their precious family!

  • Mike Davis Posted April 5, 2020 2:12 PM

    We are so very sorry. We wish we could be there with you all during this very difficult time. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know Diane is in a better place. All our Love Mike and Jana Davis

  • Janet Taylor Henry Posted April 5, 2020 2:34 PM

    Diane and I were in the same home room together at LRCHS and shared many other classes. She was always so sweet and precious. Such a beautiful person both inside and out. We are all saddened by her loss.

  • Ronnie Crawford Posted April 5, 2020 4:04 PM

    Raymond, so sorry for you and your family. I know God will be with you in this time of sorrow.

  • Shawn wilkins Posted April 5, 2020 4:47 PM

    I went to school with melodie Moore I’m so sorry for your loss my deapest condolences and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time

  • Tina Kerr Overton Posted April 5, 2020 7:51 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. I pray for your family to have peace and comfort.
    I am Andy Kerr’s youngest daughter.

  • Cathy Fletcher, AR Hospice Posted April 6, 2020 1:03 AM

    My heart is so saddened by this loss. It was such a great honor to care for sweet Ms Diane. Your family is precious and I will hold you all in my heart with lots of love & prayers!

  • Misuk and Scott Bryden Posted May 3, 2020 10:24 PM

    We are so sorry for your and your family’s loss, Ray! God bless and comfort you through this difficult time! We know she is separated from you for a short time, but you will be reunited with her one day in Heaven forevermore!

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