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Diane Duncum

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Duncum, school and church board member
Aug. 14, 2008, 10:58PM

Diane Duncum was a former board member for Fort Bend ISD and Cleveland ISD.

Diane Duncum, who served on the boards of the Fort Bend and Cleveland,TX school districts and two church schools, died Tuesday in her home in College Station,TEXAS of amytrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 68.

With her husband, John Duncum, an automobile dealer and real estate developer, she also was a major supporter of the Conflict Resolution Center at Abilene Christian University.

A native of Temple, TEXAS Diane Vannoy Duncum was born on April 17, 1940, the daughter of Rowland and Rose Vannoy.

At Temple High School, where she graduated in 1958, she was a cheerleader and member of the tennis team. She attended Abilene Christian University but left to support her husband during his education there. He graduated in 1959.

In 1981, she was elected to a three-year term on the board of the Fort Bend Independent School District.

She was re-elected twice. She resigned in 1988 and moved to Cleveland.

John Duncum said some Cleveland residents admired her service on the Fort Bend school board, and with their support, she was elected in 1989 to the Cleveland ISD board. She served one term.

"Diane was a lovely person and a lady in all senses of that word," said Linda Worthy, who served with Duncum on the Fort Bend school board. "She was very articulate and professional."

Duncum also was a board member of the Rainbow School at Eldridge Road Church of Christ in Sugar Land and the Sonshine School at A&M Church of Christ in College Station.

Duncum became interested in the Conflict Resolution program at Abilene Christian through her husband, who had taken a course in the subject.

She came to believe that conflict resolution and mediation could be a force "in making peace in the world and especially between churches that had conflicts," John Duncum said.

The Duncums' interest in resolution increased and they designed and funded the construction of a building to house the Conflict Resolution Center. The new building, named in the Duncums' honor, opened in February.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, Mark Duncum of Decatur, Mike Duncum of Conroe, Jeff Duncum of Dallas and Justin Duncum of Houston; two brothers, David Vannoy of Dallas and Charlie Vannoy of Sugar Land; and a sister, Martha Vannoy of Dallas.

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. today at A&M Church of Christ in College Station TX.

Graveside services will be at 6 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron TX.

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