It is with bittersweet sorrow I have to report to you that our mother, Diane Danzis Jones, passed away last night (Nov 29, 2020) in her sleep. She died of natural causes. She no longer suffers in pain, and is at peace.
Diane is survived by her 3 grown children: Kathy Greenbaum - a Travel Agent accountant in Tampa, Susan Perez - once featured on the COPS TV show as a police dispatcher but now manages a small business in Naples, and David Jones - a film cameraman, graphic artist, photographer, and Uber driver in Miramar. Diane is also survived by her 4 grown grandchildren: Sean Greenbaum - a Microsoft Field Engineer in Orlando; Kristen Diaz - as a Registered Teaching Nurse, she holds a master's degree in Nursing in Tampa; Sarah Pelayo - a Cardiac RN in Tampa; and Christina Perez - a police dispatcher and Police Instructor with the FIU Police in Miami. Diane also has 4 Great Grandchildren.
Diane was born in Manhattan NYC 1935, and raised on a farm in upstate New York. When she was 5, her family moved down to Florida. Diane was once a child prodigy in music, and even competed in a radio broadcast music contest hosted by WIOD held in the now historical Freedom Tower, circa 1945. Later in life, Diane also worked as a court clerk for the Dade County Court system for 30 years, working with Judge Richard Gerstein Sr, Judge Richard Gerstein Jr, and Judge Judith Kreiger, to name a few. After retiring in 2006, Diane became adept at creating some of the most beautiful custom designed wreaths, pot-pourri hats, and custom designed pillows. Like her mother before her, Diane was a master seamstress. Diane even created a sewing-themed display featuring bits & pieces of sewing items, now framed in a display case at her home in Miramar FL. Diane loved shopping at our local Publix grocery store so much, it became her social club. She made many friends there. Diane also loved playing her piano at home, occasionally giving a recital to the neighbors, and friends. Whenever she played, I had to open all the windows so everyone could hear.
Now that she's gone, the house is eerily quiet, with an air of anticipation that all this is one huge nightmare and mom will come walking into the living room barking orders at me. "Did you feed the cat yet?", "Take out the garbage", "David, I need you to take me somewhere..." blahblahblah. I know that her passing will be felt for many years. I also wanted to thank all of yous guys for all the prayers you have made on Diane's behalf. Thank you.