Dottie Shaw Diamond, 81, of Saucier, MS was called to her heavenly home on October 10, 2021. She passed this life while being cared for by her family, (sons, daughters-in-law, and grandkids) along with help from an in-home nurse and one very loving family friend, who the family would like to express their gratitude towards. Dottie began her life, born on September 9, 1940, being a twin-sister to Don Shaw, and the daughter of Henry and Mittie Bush. Growing up in the Lyman community, she attended Lyman Elementary school and later graduated from Perkinston Agricultural High School. She was a Christian by faith, having attended Saucier United Methodist Church and Poplar Head United Methodist Church and often attended camp meetings at Palmer Creek UMC campground. During the early years of her life, she often witnessed her mother feeding Hobo’s from the nearby railroad tracks, which frequent their home, looking for food in their travels. She would say ‘Mother never turned anyone away, somehow managing to feed them’, in turn for a simple chore of cutting and carrying firewood to the house. Learning from a young age, that hard work and kindness would always provide a person with a rewarding and meaningful life. She was married to Fred L. Diamond on November 2, 1962 and was the mother of four sons; each being her joy and pride. She tenderly taught and guided her children each day, being instructed by the Lord, her heart and motherly instinct. These motherly duties were all performed while holding a working career as a self-taught bookkeeper. She worked for approximately 14 years as a bookkeeper and office manager to Colonial Bakery Co. in Gulfport, having started a few years prior to hurricane Camille and an ensuing event of the loss of their residence to a housefire shortly thereafter. She was no stranger to the hardships of this world and served as the foundation and anchor of the family during those trying times. She continued to work for the bakery company for several years afterwards, while also serving as bookkeeper and accountant for the family logging company ran by her husband and sons. She loved accounting and had a knack for record keeping and the ability to keep things in order, to be found later when needed. Dottie’s latter years were filled with the role of fulltime family accountant and grandmother to her 14 grandkids. By working from home, she was allowed time to help raise and guide them to a meaningful life with abundant love, in which these few words cannot express. She also served as secretary for the Mississippi Loggers Association, aiding in the operations and business of the Mississippi Emu Association, and was an active part of the Piney Woods Cattle Association. Starting with the first grandchild in 1980, the eldest granddaughter bestowed the titled of ‘Nanny’ to her which lasted thru her elderly life. Memories of trips to Disney World, ice-cream, frozen Reese’s cups and Frog Juice (a mix of half lemonade and Gator-aid) will last in each of them for the remainder of their lives. Nanny loved Christmas time, where she would always have plenty to eat and the whole family would spend time together, learning the valuable lessons of family love and closeness. Mrs. Diamond is preceded in death by her parents, Mittie and Henry Bush; her brother Don Shaw and sister Jewel Saucier and most recently by her beloved husband, Fred Diamond on May 3, 2021. She is survived by her loving sons: Ervin Diamond, Gregory Diamond (Linda), Robert ‘Bob’ Diamond, Troy Diamond (Shelly); 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and one set to arrive next year. Along with many family members who will cherish her pleasant smile and family devotion.
Nanny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her latter years in life. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated. Great strides are being made in the field of research and treatment for this condition and we are glad to have gotten the benefit of that research, which gave us extra quality time with our Nanny. A graveside service will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM in the Diamond Family Cemetery in Saucier. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Diamond family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.
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