FUTRELL, Diana Chadwick Damian, 29, died March 8, 2022. Diana was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 16, 1992 to Kevin Damian and Shelley Grant Damian. Diana was an inspired teacher. She taught grade 7 science at Bell Creek Middle School, where she and her students enjoyed keeping lots of lizards, frogs, and more. in his class. She taught online during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she enjoyed; technology was fun for her. This year, Diana taught high school science online. She had a knack for making things like genetics fun. Instead of dots, they used popular movie characters to teach dominant and recessive traits. As a child, she played soccer and swam with the Milestone Makos and YMCA swim teams. She was also a member of the Hanover High School Color Guard. She graduated from Hanover High School in 2011 and attended Randolph-Macon College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2015. Soon after, Diana attended the University of Richmond and earned her master’s degree in education. in 2019. Diana was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, friend and teacher. She loved her children more than anything, doing all she could to enrich their lives and secure them in her constant love and care. She had so many plans for their future together. The most important part of Diana’s life was her children. She always planned fun activities. Trips to Jamestown, Yorktown, Nags Head, Baltimore Aquarium, Virginia Museum and home projects with butterflies, cooking, gardening and crafts. Diana loved her friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor, loved pranks, guinea pigs, cats and pugs. She enjoyed playing board games and video games with her friends and family. Although we don’t yet know why her life was cut short, we find the peace she now has with God. She is survived by her son, Cordell, 10; and her daughter, Daphne, two months; sister, Eileen Robins Kittle (Scott); brothers, Kevin Damian and George Damian (Amanda); and nieces, Michelle Haas Boothe, Sarah Haas and Daniella Damian. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Mechanicsville Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, Va. 23111. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead Street, Ashland, Va. 23005. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, 11310 Hanover Avenue, Ashland, Va. 23005, with a reception to follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on March 17, 2022.