Diann M. Symonds was born June 24, 1946 in Rockport, Indiana, daughter of Norma and Cuba Austin Mercer. She lived with her grandparents when growing up. She attended Kennedy Grade School and Rockport High School. In High School she was active in many extracurricular activities including: band, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, GAA, FHA, Latin Club, Glee Club, Choir and had the lead in the school play. She graduated in June 1964 and in July 1964 she married Lloyd Ray Taylor from Tennyson. They had one daughter Ilinda Sue born November 5, 1965. She lived briefly in Troy and Tell City then moved in 1971 to Chicago where she began working for Esquire Incorporated, Coronet Films Division. She divorced Lloyd in 1971 and began attending Mayfair Jr. College where she graduated with honors with an Associates Degree in Psychology. While attending Mayfair College she worked in the school library and as a community organizer. Here she met Robert Neal Symonds whom she married May 13, 1978. They had one daughter Anna Natascha who was born January 25, 1978.
They traveled to France, Spain and Africa and then both attended Illinois Institute of Technology where she earned her Masters Degree in Sociology. She led a very active life as a Judge of Election, Special Canvasser for the Board of Education, Member of Eastern Star, True Kindred, and Past Royal Matron Order of the Amaranth. Robert died in 1985 and Diann left Chicago and moved to Florida then spent almost a year in Kenya East Africa. She wrote a book about this experience.
Afterwards she worked for a home health agency, marketing company and as a substitute teacher. She taught Spanish at Lewis and Clark College for the Upward Bound Program and taught Night School at Gordon Tech High School in Chicago and Biology/crafts for Operation Outreach at Alton, Illinois High School.
Mrs. Symonds passed away March 28,2014 at DeKalb Community Hospital.
She is survived by her daughters: Linda Sue Becker of Smithville, Tn. and Anna Symonds of Orangeburg, South Carolina; 3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.
Ms. Diann M. Symonds wishes were to be cremated. No services will be held.