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Diane Rae Crawley

Diane Rae Crawley, 68, a lifelong resident of Columbia, passed away December 14, 2020, after an extended battle with diabetes. She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

Chances are if you ever owned land or a car in Marion County, you knew Diane (or as she was more fondly known “Aunt Di” ). A fixture of the Marion County Courthouse and Tax Assessors office for over 35 years, Diane stood out with her black curly hair and vibrantly colored clothes. She always offered a friendly smile and jovial banter to her customers. Diane took pride in her job and faithfully served her fellow citizens until she retired at the age of 55.

Diane was born on August 9,1952 to parents Johnnie Pearl and E.R. Crawley at Marion General Hospital. She graduated from Columbia High School Class of 1970 and was an alumni of Pearl River Community College Class of 1972.

Diane loved and served her Lord and was a devoted church member. At Graves Creek Missionary Baptist Church, she was a dedicated youth Sunday school teacher for nearly 30 years. Diane came to know the congregation as her church family and enjoyed traveling to neighboring churches for sings, bible drills, and revival services. In later years, she moved her letter to North Columbia Baptist Church where she was an active participant in the WMU, Ladies Circle of Prayer, and taught the College and Careers Sunday school class.

Diane took her role as “aunt” quite seriously and was an ever-present fixture at every event including ballgames, school activities, birthdays, and many, many milestones. Her popularity among the friends of her niece and nephew was so widespread that she became affectionately called “Aunt Di” by all. She once said “I have so many nieces and nephews that I can’t keep count!”

Diane never met a stranger and will be remembered for her welcoming and generous spirit and fun-loving nature. She most enjoyed the fellowship of friends and family, taking holiday vacations, ice cold air-conditioning, a well-thought out prank, and of course, cheering on the New Orleans Saints.

Diane is survived by her sister, Justina Crawley; niece, Summer Loftin; nephew, Patrick Loftin; and great niece, Gracelyn Warren.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held on December 17 at 1 pm with a visitation from 12-1 held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Masks are required and the family asks that social distancing guidelines are respected.

Condolences can be mailed to: The Crawley Family, 1318 Church Street, Columbia, MS 39429. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s honor to the North Columbia Baptist Church Music Department, 1527 N Main Street, Columbia, MS 39429 or Reverend Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, 200 N Lewis St, Summerville, GA 30747.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Diane Rae Crawley
August 9, 1952 - December 14, 2020





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