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Diane Coleman Traylor

December 22, 2018
Diane Coleman Traylor
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Obituary for Diane Coleman Traylor


Linda Diane Coleman Traylor passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at her home in Wake Forest. She was born in Warren County the daughter of Van Earl Coleman and Hazel Floyd Coleman.

Diane was a graduate of Norlina High School class of 1970 where she was a member of the Norlina High School Beta Club and a cheerleader. A 1974 graduate of Meredith College, Diane was a long time teacher in the Wake County Public School System and also taught at various other schools across central North Carolina. She was a former member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Paschall and Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

Diane was married to the late Raby Leigh “Ray” Traylor III of Norlina. After graduation from college during the course of their marriage, they gave birth to two daughters, Laura and Emily.

Diane was the eldest of five siblings and grew up on her parents and grandparents farm between Wise and Norlina. She had an insatiable curiosity and enjoyed exploring nature and creating adventures on the farm, both those approved and some most likely not, for herself, her siblings, cousins and friends from school. Diane was a lover of animals, especially cows, horses and cats. She was an avid fan of the Beatles during their rise to fame.

Rarely at a loss for a subject of conversation, Diane was personable, witty and not one to waiver at being controversial. At times she could be quite the eccentric and a master at commanding attention. When Diane was around at family gatherings, it wasn’t long before she was both the maker of conversation and center of focus. You could always depend on her to liven things up and get a reaction.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 28th at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.

Diane was preceded in death by her father Van Earl Coleman and is survived by her longtime partner, Dave Moell of Wake Forest; her mother, Hazel Floyd Coleman, of Norlina; daughters, Laura Traylor of Raleigh and Emily Seay of Virginia Beach; grandson, Ethan Seay; brothers, Michael Coleman and wife, Elena, of Raleigh, Jeff Coleman and wife, Gail, of Norlina; sisters, Carol Coleman of Norlina, Janice Coleman and husband, Jim, of Raleigh; nieces, Sarah Wright and Anna Wright; nephews, Jeffrey Hissong, Michael Wright and Nicholas Coleman; and step niece and nephew, Alicia Stegall and Brian Stegall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Safe Haven for Cats, 8431 Ganey Drive #137, Raleigh, NC 27616

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.

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5:00 PM 12/28/2018 5:00:00 PM
Blaylock Funeral Home - Warrenton

203 North Front Street
Warrenton, NC 27589

Rev. John Hiller officiating

Blaylock Funeral Home - Warrenton
203 North Front Street Warrenton 27589 NC
United States

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