Ann Long Diveley, age 62, of Dallas, Texas, passed away June 15, 2012, in Dallas after a courageous battle with cancer. Ann was born December 30, 1949, in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, to Charles Mason Long and Myrtle Ruth (Hutchinson) Long, and was known to many of her close friends and relatives as “Pennie” or “Pennie Ann”. Ann grew up in Vinton, Ohio, about thirteen miles away from her birthplace. Ann was an excellent student and graduated from North Gallia High School in 1967.
Ann graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1971 and obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from “The” Ohio State University in 1975. Ann was a true Buckeye!!!
Ann had worked for the State of Ohio Health Department in Columbus, Ohio, and for The City of Salisbury, North Carolina, before moving to Texas in 1981 to work for the City of Fort Worth. While with the City of Fort Worth, Ann worked in the City Manager’s office and the Economic Development Department, as well as in the Planning Department. While in the Planning Department, Ann eventually rose to the level of Assistant Planning Director. Ann retired in January 2000 after twenty years of service to the City of Fort Worth.
Ann and her husband Terry met while both were employed with the City of Fort Worth. Ann and Terry were married on January 3, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas. They were married 26 years and spent all of their married life as residents of Dallas. Following their marriage, Ann and Terry made the daily commute from Dallas to their jobs in Fort Worth for 14 years.
Ann was a sweet, beautiful and loving person who was always on the go. She was an avid line dancer and was also involved in jazzercise, quilting and was a long time member of the choir at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Even during her illness, Ann continued to participate in choir activities as much as she could, and in 2011 was awarded the choir’s Inspiration Award. Ann loved music, the surf, and flowers, particularly Bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country.
Ann is survived by her husband, Terry Allen Diveley of Dallas, Texas; step-daughter, Sharyl Teresa Diveley-Terhall and husband, Todd and stepson, Tyler of Frisco, Texas; twin sister, Jan Matre and husband, Ken of Conroe, Texas; sister, Marilyn Long of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephews, Jeff Matre of Houston, Texas; Ryan Matre, wife, Laura and their children of Katy, Texas; and Daniel “Spike” Matre of Pensacola, Florida; sister-in-law, Marsha Adams of Ft. Worth, Texas; and nephew, Don Adams of Burleson, Texas.
Ann was preceded in death by her beloved mother and step-father, Ruth and Daniel Evans, father, Mason Long, and brother, Bill Long.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Richardson, Texas, 503 N. Central Expwy. North, Richardson, Texas, 75080.
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