Funeral for Diane Renfro, 78, Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Pettigrew, pastor of Liberty Heights Christian Church, officiating.
Diane Renfro left this world on Sunday, April 8, 2018, after a long illness.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
She was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Lawton, to Jack and Margaret Hart. She grew up in Lawton and graduated from Lawton High School in May 1958.
Her interests were wide and varied and over the years she became involved in Junior Service League, Girl Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, PTA, Lawton Community Theater, Business and Professional Woman's Club, Lawton Philharmonic and Cameron University.
She was a pianist having been taught by her mother and grandmother at a young age and soon began playing the piano and organ for her church first at Liberty Heights Christian Church and later in her life at Boulevard Christian Church, First Christian Church and Crossroads Community Bible Church. For many years she played for church services with her mother playing the organ. It gave her such joy to lend her musical talents to the church. She also loved to sing and participated in the annual "Messiah" for many years. She also taught many young people, including her daughter, to play.
She began her lifetime 35-year career with Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1975, eventually achieving the position of Senior Sales Director in 1980. Her career took her many places including Hawaii and many other states. She enjoyed teaching her clients and other women to become successful business women. Her beautiful smile, natural optimism and positivity made her the perfect people person and led to her making friends around the world.
Diane's family brought her the most joy. She had four children who survive her: Cynthia Butler, Tulsa, Mark Calibani, Lawton, Kent Calibani and spouse Kim, Cleveland, and Meghan Garis and spouse Kris, Cleveland. Her grandchildren were a source of joy and pride and each one of them shared a special relationship with her. The grandchildren she loved and inspired are: Collin Butler, Denver, Colo., Kyle Calibani, Mannford, Caitlin Butler, Tulsa, Kevin Calibani, Mannford, and Asheley Burleson, Taylor Dodson, and Asa Garis, all of Cleveland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ronald Cook.
There will be a special viewing and visitation for family and friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the funeral home.
An online guestbook and sympathy cards are available at GrayFuneral.com.