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Diana Lynn Chidester, age 59

Diana Lynn Chidester, age 59, passed away December 24, 2023. She was born on April 3, 1964 in Dumas, Arkansas. She resided at home in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Joan Chidester, and nephew Shawn Miller.

Diana is survived by her sisters, Dolores (Larry) Stegall and Karen Keefe; her beloved dog Goliath; four brothers; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was a beloved aunt to all.

Diana was a math and computer science teacher for 25 years. She taught in Little Rock, Watson Chapel, Panama, and Germany. She loved teaching, traveling, and photography. Diana loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and spending time at the cabin. She was an active and devout member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 5:00pm with the Rosary starting at 6:00pm at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10:00am at St. Jude’s with Interment to follow at 2:30pm at Grady Cemetery in Grady, Arkansas.

Donations can be made in Diana’s memory to the Chidester Scholarship Fund at St. Jude the Apostle in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Brenda Garcia Posted December 28, 2023 7:56 AM

    Oh Diana, I’m so sad you are gone. I could always count on good conversation with you whenever we were together. We had so much in common, except you were good at math, me not so much. You were such a wonderful person, and friend. I will pray for your family for healing and peace. Rest in Love Diana.

  • Ruby Bell Posted December 28, 2023 11:57 AM

    Sincere condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

  • John E Russell Posted December 28, 2023 5:53 PM

    I will miss my cousin very much.

  • David Henning Posted December 29, 2023 3:59 PM

    So sorry to hear of Diana’s passing. She welcomed me to the Pine Bluff area when I transferred to the area in 1990, while she was teaching at Watson Chapel. She went on to have many adventures, but was always happy to see me when we visited St. Judes. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  • Linda Beaty Daugherty Posted December 30, 2023 10:57 AM

    Rest In Peace my sweet friend. I will cherish the memories. My condolences is the family and friends of Diana. She made a difference

  • Gloria (Benson) Johnson Posted January 26, 2024 10:31 AM

    I am very sorry to hear of Diana’s passing. I had not seen her since high school but she was always quick witted, super smart, and a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.

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