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Diane Juanita Tanguma

January 7, 1962 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 55)

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Diane Juanita Tanguma of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Diane was born on January 7, 1962, in Beeville, Texas to the late Ramon and Maria Tanguma. Diane or “Nani” as she was called by her closest family and friends, was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, and principal. She attended A.C. Jones High School and received her Associate’s degree from Bee County College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, her Master of Science in Education from Prairie View A&M, and her Master of Science in Education Administration/ Leadership from the University of Houston. For 29 years she dedicated her life to education. Beginning as a teacher and later as a principal she devoted her life towards educating the youth of Houston ISD and being passionate about her students, receiving great satisfaction from helping others. She finished her career at Durkee Elementary. Retiring in 2013, she devoted her time to taking care of her family and spending time with friends. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed her many hobbies including cooking, dancing, watching timeless movies, gardening, reading, and traveling. Her two dogs, Princess and Gracie were her babies whom she loved spending time with every day. Diane’s sense of humility and kindness were one of her strongest values and she made everyone’s life special by being a part of it. She touched the lives of everyone who knew her and will be truly missed but never forgotten. In her office she had a quote by Helen Keller that said “ Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.” She had the ability to bring people together and would always want everyone to love and be kind to one another and do as much good in the world as possible. A void now exists without Diane, but her family and friends are comforted by the thought that she lived her life to the fullest and that she would want everyone to live and be happy and to never let go by keeping her spirit alive in their hearts and minds. What we can all learn something from Diane is to truly embrace life and all its complexities, obstacles, and triumphs. We all wish this would not have happened to Diane. So do all who live to see such times but that is not for any of us to decide. All that we can do now is decide what to do with the time that is given to us and not waste any moment of it because Diane would not want us to. We would like to thank the doctors and staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Hospice for everything that they did to ensure the best possible care for our beloved Diane.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Maria Tanguma and her sister Elia Dings. She is survived by her sister(s)Edelia Tanguma (Mohammad Zabihinoury), Nelda Jones (Robert), Nora Tanguma and her brother(s) Joe Tanguma (Ruby), Raymond Tanguma (Ginny), and Rene Tanguma (Mary). She is also survived by her many nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00p.m. at Trevino Funeral Home in Beeville, Texas. A funeral service will be held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church on Monday, January 8th at 10:00a.m. Interment to follow at Beeville Memorial Park. A reception will follow the service.

Active Pallbearers: Peyman Zabihinoury, Benjamin Dings, Joey Tanguma, David Tanguma, Richard Tanguma, Robert Jones, III.

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