Diane Christine Brady, age 64, of Saint Ann, MO, departed this life on October 14, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Jocia Brady, and brothers Timothy and Edward Brady.
Diane is survived by her daughter Sarah Simpson (nee Brady), her son-in-law Scott Simpson, and her grandchild Samuel Simpson.
She will be missed by her siblings and in-laws; Theresa Maher of St. Charles, MO, Anne Brady of Belleville, MO, Zita (Paul) Locher of Wentzville, MO, Michele Brady of St. Peter’s MO, Steve (Sandra) Brady, Bonnie (Irv) Sprous, Troy (Paula) Brady of Lenexa, KS, Ursula (Darren) Raymer, Joseph (Dawn) Brady, and Clancy Brady. Fondly remembered by many generations of nieces and nephews.
Diane was born in Omaha, Nebraska. At the age of 10, she came to live in St. Louis, MO due to her father’s employment. She made friends everywhere she went. She was filled with laughter and spirited behavior. Diane loved music and had the most beautiful singing voice. She had a beautiful collection of angels. She was a graduate of Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, MO.
Diane was first and foremost a dedicated mother who treasured her daughter Sarah. She was so proud of her and loved to share her daughter’s accomplishments. Diane instilled in her daughter strong values that have served her well.
Diane was fervent in her Catholic faith and enjoyed studying scripture. As a pro-life advocate Diane had a solid passion and was deeply committed to supporting this most important movement. In addition, she volunteered at her daughter’s elementary school which ensured her the best education possible. Diane always found joy in tutoring young learners in literacy.
Diane sought to better herself through her employment and education. She continued her education at the St. Louis Community College. When she was able, Diane worked as a caregiver and an accountant. Her disability allowed her to educate others in finding their way through the complicated government assistance programs.
Diane had to overcome many obstacles due to her disabilities. She was so strong to face all challenges as best as she could. While her disabilities caused hurt feelings within her siblings, it is hoped they can now find compassion to forgive her as she forgave them such a long time ago.
Diane wrote: “…I'm a Victor and NOT a Victim and I need each and every one of you to be a part of my life! Accepting everyone unconditionally especially those with mental illness as we have felt abandoned and all alone with our thoughts and demons that torment and we don't have the words to clearly express our thoughts and feelings with others and yet God promises us that He will never abandon me and when I allow God to be in the driver's seat and not me, my eyes became open to ALL the love I desire surrounded me as God is LOVE…”
April Rosario, niece, wrote: “.. I have many many fond memories of Aunt Diane.Singing (all the time), going to church with her and baby sarah, muny, drive in( I wasn't in the trunk), beach, go shopping at various stores, going to apply for assistance for her and little sarah (good thing too), going to food pantries, giving me advice on boys (of course she made jokes about them too), spending the night (popcorn and movies), women's shelter, compassion for others, understanding, strength to keep going even when the odds were against her, have passion to help those whom where less fortunate (even though she couldn't afford to), but most of all her her unconditional love for Sarah.
Aunt Diane has had a huge impact on my life and how I view others as well as myself.”
Such fond memories I will forever remember.
May she rest in heavenly peace.
Diane will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, infectious laughter, generous loving heart, and tenacious spirit.
Due to Covid-19, there will be no church or funeral service. Everyone who remembers Diane is asked to celebrate her life in their own way. A memorial service will be planned in 2021.