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Diane R. Naylor

Diane R. Naylor, age 77, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, after an illness of several months.

Diane was born on July 4, 1945, to Fulmer and Helen Rudisill of Hickory, NC. She fondly remembered her childhood growing up next door to her grandparents’ farm.

Having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1967, Diane become an elementary school teacher at Ft. Bragg, near Fayetteville, NC, where she met and later married Jack Naylor of Baltimore, MD. Settling first in Newark and later in Wilmington, DE, Diane became the mother of three and for a time dedicated herself to the challenging but fulfilling vocation of full-time mom. Although she and Jack eventually divorced amicably, their friendship and shared bond over their children continued for the rest of her life.

When her children were older, Diane returned to the classroom as a teacher’s aide at St. Thomas the Apostle School. In mid-life, she reinvented herself as the Activity Director at the Lorelton Retirement Community in Wilmington, a position which she held for several years before returning to teaching, first as a private reading tutor, and later as the assistant librarian and reading tutor at St. John the Beloved School.

Reading, and teaching reading, were constants in her life. Whether reading bedtime stories to her children and grandchildren, reading to residents at the Lorelton, or reading to struggling students in her care, Diane had a gift for creating a love of reading in those who spent time with her. Her own reading taste tended toward the Victorian, with beloved authors such as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Her small but precious library was one of her treasures.

Diane also had a love for all things fine, elegant, and beautiful, evident in her dress, her manners, and her decoration of her various homes. She was inspired by and tried to emulate public figures such as Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana.

Above all, Diane had a love for Jesus and her faith was a constant in her life and what many will remember her for the most. She had faith in the true presence in the Eucharist, and for her the goal of life was to learn to love better, for believed that love was the only reality.

Diane is survived by her brother Steve Rudisill and her sister Carlotta Triplett, her former husband Jack Naylor, her children Joseph, Justin, and Jacqueline Naylor, and her four grandsons Peter, James, Thomas, and Roger John.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 12, 2022, at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Interment will be private.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 12, 2022, at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Interment will be private.


    Chuck Selvaggio writes,
    Prayers and heartfelt thoughts are with you. Diane personified kindness and humility. She touched many lives, and I’m sure she will be sorely missed. I am so sorry to be away all of next week, But please know I will be thinking of you and with you in spirit.
    09/08/2022 03:48 pm
    Chuck Selvaggio writes,
    Sending prayers and heartfelt thoughts. Diane personified kindness and humility. She touched many lives by the ways she lived hers, and I know she will be missed. I am so sorry to be away all of next week. But please know I will be thinking of you and with you in spirit.
    09/08/2022 03:52 pm
    Marie and Paul Martino lit a candle and writes,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Diane was such a great sister to Our dear friend Carlotta. We always enjoyed her visits here in Hickory. She was such a warm and peaceful woman. She will be missed by all. We give praise and thanks to our God knowing she is now walking peacefully with Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Blessings& Love to all! The Martinos
    09/08/2022 05:27 pm
    Bob and Lucy lit a candle and writes,
    Such a lovely lady. Always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
    09/08/2022 05:32 pm
    Ann Mackey lit a candle
    09/08/2022 05:49 pm
    Gloria and Izzy lit a candle and writes,
    Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Izzy and I lost an Amazing Friend and a great Neighbor-Diane, and Heaven gained an Angel. We loved Diane very much and will miss her tremendously - her Spiritual and Positive energy. I will miss our talks, her love of Jesus, her appreciation of Victorian style, and our many food sharing 😊 days! God bless you during this difficult time. You’re all in our prayers. Gloria & Izzy
    09/08/2022 05:58 pm
    Ann Mackey writes,
    How sorry I am not to have seen this dear Diane in such a long while. Knowing her was a blessing. She was a cherished friend and coworker at St. John the Beloved School. Such a very beautiful soul! Her faith was a jewel in her life that is a heritage to her beloved family.
    09/08/2022 05:59 pm
    Jim and Nan Rene Lacy lit a candle and writes,
    Diane's smile said it all. She emanated the love of Christ to everyone she met. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    09/08/2022 06:26 pm
    Holly (Bott) McKenna lit a candle and writes,
    Mrs. Naylor truly was a kind, gentle, loving and beautiful soul. There isn’t anyone else like her! My condolences to the entire family!
    09/08/2022 07:44 pm
    Marianne (Fisher) Norris lit a candle and writes,
    Hearing of Mrs. Naylor’s death truly makes my heart hurt. She was a constant in my youth as an assistant teacher, a neighborhood mom, and the mom of one of my best friends. I hope her family knows just how many lives she touched over the years and how much she was loved. What a testament that most of us remember her as one of the kindest and most caring people we have ever met. Joe, Justin, Jackie, and the rest of the family, my prayers and condolences go out to you. Though I cannot make it home to attend her services, I will take time that day to hold you all in prayer and tell my husband and son about this beautiful woman.
    09/08/2022 08:15 pm
    Darlene Wiener writes,
    You were a very loving person. I was only with you a few times in Wilmington, N.C. but loved you from the first time we met. You were a very special person and I always kept you in my prayers. RIP and be with your Heavenly Father. Please look over us.
    09/08/2022 08:50 pm
    Carlotta Triplett lit a candle and writes,
    Her picture and these words portray perfectly the true beauty of the absolute best, most loving sister God could have ever blessed me with. Any goodness that make up my life has to be first attributed to her constant love; guiding me always with love, kindness and generosity as core values. I miss my daily confidant, loudest cheerleader, our shared laughter, best friend and the person on this planet that has known and loved me the longest. There is an emptiness in my heart that I will now fill with glorious remembrances, grateful joy and firm belief we will someday together experience eternal joy. She is more than at peace now. She is exactly where she longed to be - in her Jesus’ loving arms.
    09/08/2022 09:50 pm
    Dennis Moorman writes,
    I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to all of Diane's family and friends as you grieve her death and celebrate the memory of her life and how she touched each one with her love. May her legacy continue on in each of those whom she knew and loved. May she rest in the peace and joy of the resurrection of our Lord and may those left behind carry on living in the inspiration, faith and hope that she lived until we too meet our loving Creator God.
    09/09/2022 06:27 am
    Karen B Skurla lit a candle and writes,
    Diane and I taught CCD together in the 1970’s and reconnected at St. John the Beloved School. Prayers to her family. She will be missed.
    09/09/2022 07:35 am
    Tara Weik writes,
    Mrs. Naylor was my 2 sons teacher aide years ago! She was a great and kind person! She will be missed🥲
    09/09/2022 08:06 am
    Sandra Fischer writes,
    We knew Diane through St Hedwig Church. What a lovely person! Our sympathy to the family. The Fischers
    09/09/2022 08:58 am
    Diane Shaw writes,
    Diane was the kindest, fairest, most patient, loving person I’ve ever met. She clearly made my life as a young mother better. She was an excellent role model and I enjoyed her company immensely. God rest her soul.
    09/09/2022 03:05 pm
    Charlotte Coletta lit a candle and writes,
    Diane will be missed by everyone she met and came in touch with during her life - no enemies, but always friends. Her personality and faith always showed in her countenance - a glow of love, which came from her Lord, whom she loved and experienced and shared with all of us, as Our Lord asks us to do. I'm sure her loving Lord is saying with welcoming arms, "Well done, faithful servant" and she ran into his loving arms with her beautiful loving smile. We miss you, Diane. Pray for us.
    09/09/2022 05:49 pm
    Debora Hosey lit a candle and writes,
    Diane is the finest person I have ever known. The best word to describe her is Love. She was warm and generous, caring and kind. I can't forget Elegance as well. She taught me how to make an ordinary occasion into one of beauty and joy. We had many adventures together from searching for Gian Carol Menotti in Philadelphia, to just talking about books and Paris on the phone. I miss her and long to hear 'Debbie, my love,' what she said when answering the phone to my call. My heart aches, yet I am happy that she's finally with her Lord and Savior. Finally, there's the Pious Ladies, the four of us, Diane, Rae, Ellen and myself and our monthly get togethers of almost 40 years. She will always be with us, a part of us, a place at our table. She made us Pious Ladies strong!
    09/10/2022 09:10 am
    Patricia Chappelle writes,
    Have been looking for Diane for about a year. She was my mentor at The Lorelton and a dear friend. We lost track when she moved on; an I became ill and had to stop volunteering at The Lorelton. I am now a resident which brought back many happy memories of Diane. Do wish I had found her before she left us. I sincerely agree with all the lovely comments made by her friends. She was an amazing person easily admired and loved. I believe she functioning happily in another world surrounded God's Love. With Gratitude for the time we spent together, Trish Chappelle
    09/10/2022 09:33 am
    Mike Flanagan lit a candle and writes,
    Mrs Naylor was one of the kindest people we've ever known...She tutored our son Michael (24) when he was in his early grades at Corpus Christi, and he truly enjoyed and benefitted from her expertise, kindness, and wisdom...We reconnected when our son Jack(19) was a student at St. John the Beloved...She will be missed and remembered by many for a long time...God bless her and her family...
    09/11/2022 08:07 am
    JoEllen Hardwick lit a candle and writes,
    I worked at St John’s with Diane. She was so sweet and kind! She took a special interest in my daughter ( who did not attend St John’s and was in middle school at the time) and was is also an avid reader of Jane Austin. A favorite memory is Diane inviting us over to her house for an authentic English tea.! It was perfect in all ways!
    09/11/2022 09:01 am
    Roweena S Rego lit a candle and writes,
    Diane I miss you. Last Saturday when we visited you and left a rosary at your bedside, and felt the presence of Jesus in your room. That night your smiling face and your gentle demeanor , I dreamt of . You are home my friend and until we meet again keep looking down on us and we will keeping lifting you up in our prayers
    09/11/2022 07:33 pm
    Robert and Cecilia Adams writes,
    Please receive our deepest condolences for your loss.. Robert and Cecilia Adams
    09/12/2022 02:29 pm
    Ellen Lafferty lit a candle and writes,
    As I will not be able to attend Diane's services, I offer my condolences to her family and all her dear ones. Diane's genteel presence will be missed at our "Pious Ladies" gatherings. We had years of lovely dinners, laughter, and prayers together. We will continue forward with her dear spirit always with us. Diane's greatest gift was to share her total love and trust in the Lord. Rest in peace, my friend.
    09/12/2022 03:11 pm
    Patty Murray writes,
    Diane and I were young mothers raising our children in Union Park Gardens as they attended St. Thomas the Apostle School. When you were in Diane's presence you were in the presence of gentle kindness and grace. My sincere condolences to her entire family.
    09/13/2022 11:04 am
    Barbara Flowers lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of Diane, the sweetest person I have ever known! The Naylor family are in my thoughts and prayers! Rest In Peace Diane!
    09/13/2022 11:05 am
    Richard Stat lit a candle and writes,
    To Diane's Family and Friends ... Please accept our condolences. Diane's photo captures her essence just as we at The Lorelton remember her. We were honored and blessed to travel through life with Diane as a staff member from 1993 to 2000. She was to us (residents, coworkers, family members) just as she was to everyone else who has written here ... a true light of kindness and love, a model and inspiration. May Diane's memory be a blessing. / Richard Stat, president, The Lorelton Foundation
    09/13/2022 11:06 am
    Charity Patton lit a candle and writes,
    To the Family,I recently found out that your dear Love one passed. I knew Diane when she worked at the Lorelton. May your hearts be filled with warm memories of your dearly departed. Offering prayers and heartfelt sympathy for each of you. Charity Patton
    09/19/2022 12:43 pm
    Tommy Murray writes,
    I enjoyed all the time I spent with Mrs. Naylor. Like many others, when I was young, my life was greatly enriched by her grace, and I am a better person for it. I must say that I have you to meet anyone else quite like her. My condolences and love the family, and to her dear friends.
    10/09/2022 12:48 pm

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