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Diane Batie

WEBSTER- Diane Batie, 85 of Auburndale, FL and formerly of Webster died on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, FL. Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 30, 2009 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. John Hisel will officiate. Burial will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service on Thursday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Friday. F. Diane Batie was born on Sunday, January 27, 1924. She was the eighth of ten children born to Elbert Isaac Parker and Ada (Lewis) Parker at the family home near Covington, Georgia. She was raised and attended school near Covington until moving to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with her older sister Mary Parker Veal and her brother-in-law, Virgil Veal, for her senior year of high school. She graduated from Russell High School in East Point, Georgia, in 1942. Following high school she worked as a telephone operator at the Georgia state capitol. She married LaVern “Baldy” Batie at Ft. McPherson, Georgia, on June 27, 1945. They briefly lived near Ft. Bragg, NC, until her husband was stationed overseas. Diane returned to her job at the Georgia state capitol until the end of WWII. After WWII, they briefly lived in East Point, Georgia, before returning to Webster, South Dakota. She lived in Webster until her health started to decline and she went to stay near relatives in Florida. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Webster where she had taught Sunday School in the past. She also served as a scout volunteer. She served on the board of the Day County Museum for several years. Diane passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Auburndale, Florida at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 25 days. She is survived by two children, Ronald (Sherri) Batie of Redding, California, and Joni Batie-McGrew (Bruce McGrew) of Lakeland, Florida; four granddaughters, Jasmine Hendershot of Redding, California, Shalyn (Chad) Fowler of Folsom, California, Caitlin McGrew of Gainesville, Florida, and Brenna McGrew of Lakeland, Florida; and one great granddaughter, Diana Fowler of Folsom, California. She is preceded in death by her nine siblings and one daughter, Vicky Batie.

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Joni, I was out of town for the funeral and my computer was down for some time so excuse me for being so late to extend to you my sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was a real "lady" and I didn't realize that she was from the South until now. No wonder she had such wonderful ways about her. I would love to have seen you, but please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. May your mother rest in peace and may God bless her soul.

Charlotte Hoverstadt Nov 17 2009 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and sympathy to each of you. Your Mom was a very special lady. Danny and Marilyn (Sandve) Mattson

Danny and Marilyn Mattson Oct 31 2009 12:00 AM

Joni and family, My thoughts are with you... these times of loss challenge us to find the words to comfort one another even though we know that is impossible to do. Just know that I care and hope that your grief is relieved by moments of celebration and gratefulness for the life you shared with your mom. Terrisa

Terrisa Fisher (Miller/Meek) Oct 25 2009 12:00 AM

Joni and family thoughts and prayers going your way..Rosie Larson

rosie larson Oct 25 2009 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Terry and Jerry

Terry and Jerry Meek Oct 24 2009 12:00 AM