Dianne (Dwiggins) Jones

Born: Sat., Feb. 1, 1947
Died: Thu., Mar. 1, 2018


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 31, 2018
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., Mar. 31, 2018
Location: Towne Square Business & Community Centre

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Dianne Dwiggins Jones (71), a remarkable and beloved elementary music teacher, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at home in Lafayette, Indiana, surrounded by her husband, Max Jones, son, Gavin Jones, family and friends.  Dianne was born with a congenital heart defect and for the last five years, although she struggled with advanced heart failure, continued to enjoy and live her life to the fullest.

Dianne was born in Winchester, Indiana on February 1, 1947, to Phyllis Ann Dwiggins and the late Donald Dwiggins, where her love of music began and was nurtured in the Dwiggins household.

Dianne graduated from Lee L. Driver High School in 1965, where she enjoyed singing and performing in school musicals.  She continued to pursue music at Ball State University, where she graduated as a voice major with a B.S. in education in 1968 and later earned a M.A. in music in 1976.

Dianne met Max when they were assigned an instrument locker to share in the music building at Ball State in the Fall of 1966.  The two became fast acquaintances and as time went on, Max was able to persuade her that he should be the love of her life.  On July 13, 1968, Dianne and Max were married at College Avenue Methodist Church in Muncie, with Max’s father, John Paul, officiating.

Dianne began her teaching career as an elementary music teacher in Parker City and Farmland, Indiana and also later taught at Eaton, Winchester and Concord Schools in Elkhart.  Over the 30+ years of teaching vocal music and assisting Max with his Indiana high school marching bands, Dianne touched an overwhelming number of students who have reached out, even in recent months, to share their heartfelt memories. A common theme is the recognition of Dianne’s dedication to teaching, enthusiasm for life, positive energy, love of all children, and commitment to the pursuit of happiness through music.  Families, parents, colleagues and students consistently thanked Dianne for the extra effort and significant contributions she made year after year.  Apparent to everyone who met Dianne was the standard of excellence she brought to everything, from Spring and Christmas programs to Circle the State with Song to marching band rehearsals and, even her famous Halloween witch cackle that delighted teachers and students alike. 

Dianne and Max approached life as a team, whether it was music, family or community.  Together, they were members of the United Methodist Church for her entire life.  While Dianne spent a significant part of her life committed to music and education, she and Max always put family first.  Dianne recalled her break from teaching while Gavin was young as the most wonderful time.  She also enjoyed eating out with Max and many of their close friends, as she happily boasted achieving a lifetime goal of never having baked a pie!  Dianne and Max loved to travel all over the US and neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico, including frequent visits to Lake Norris, Tennessee, where they spent time with their family and best friends in cabins, on houseboats or at their condo over the past 30 years.  Following Dianne’s retirement from teaching in 2007, they also traveled to England, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Germany with Dianne’s last international adventure taking them to Hong Kong this past Spring, where Gavin and his wife, Erika, currently reside.   .

Dianne will be most remembered for her exceptionally beautiful singing voice, her passion for music, her humor, her love of shopping, her fashion sense and most of all, her radiant smile that lit up any room.

Dianne was predeceased by her father, Donald, sister, Daralee, and brother-in-law, Randy.  She is survived by her mother, Phyllis Ann, her husband, Max, her son, Gavin (Erika), her brothers, Dean, Dennis (Judy), Doug (Carolyn), Daniel, her brothers-in-law, Keith (Cindy), Ken (Marian), sisters-in-law, Marna (Paul Vandenberg), Kathy Carey and many nieces and nephews.    

A Celebration of Dianne’s life will be held at the Towne Square Community Centre at 123 W. Franklin Street on Saturday, March 31, 2018 in Dianne’s hometown of Winchester, Indiana. Visitation will begin at 1pm until the start of the service at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and share in this public celebration to honor Dianne’s legacy. 

Please share memories and condolences online at www.diannedwigginsjones.com.  At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial charitable contributions are preferred and may be made to the Max and Dianne Jones Memorial Music Lesson Scholarships Fund (for Winchester Community High School Band & Choir Students) c/o Community Foundation of Randolph County, 213 South Main St., Winchester, IN 47394, www.randolphcountyfoundation.org.  Checks should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Randolph County. Please note Dianne Jones on the memo line.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements.


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Monroe Central Alumni Association
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Mr. Jones and Family,
Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences from the Monroe Central Alumni.

Patricia Wilson, Kelly-Shockley (Patty)
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
You always believed that we could achieve anything we wanted if we put our minds and heart to it... you and Mr. Jones helped me achieve so many life goals with your teaching and kindness. For that I will always hold the utmost love and respect for you both.. will miss you greatly.

Dane Hamilton
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
It was an honor to have worked with Dianne as our music teacher at Concord East Side. She was highly respected by staff, families, and students. She was devoted to putting together those great Christmas programs and her students always put on a fabulous show.

Thoughts are with Max and family.

Mark and Christina Mullen, WCHS Class of 1976 and WCHS Class of 1980
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
We were so sorry to hear of Dianne's passing. So many great memories! Our Sympathy and Condolences to you Max and your family.

Crystal Turner
   Posted Fri March 09, 2018
My heart goes out to the family. I've only had the pleasure of being in Diane's presence at Doug and Carolyn's wedding weekend. It was as certain as there is a God above that Diane was a beautiful soul. I connected with her instantly. It was truly a blessing to meet and know her.

My hope is that these words will somehow bring you comfort in the days to come. Love Crystal, Keith, and Cristina

Jill Hinty Keener
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Deepest condolences to the entire family. She was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Her incredible voice is singing in Heaven's choir....our prayers for peace.

Jerry Hilgenberg
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
We're very sorry to learn of Dianne's passing. Deborah and I send our deepest condolences to her husband, son and other family members - including my classmate Dennis.

Terri (Hoerst) Holmes
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Dennis -
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.48

Janis Culy
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Mr. Jones, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife, Diane. You both were tremendous role models to so many youth as you pursued your love of teaching and of music. Diane was such a classy lady, and she helped the young ladies in guard to always strive to be our best as well. You and Gavin will be in my prayers during this difficult time.

Gary Junco
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
My accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Diane was talented, beautiful and kind--a class act.

Ann (Anderson) Haworth
   Posted Tue March 13, 2018
Mr. Jones and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dianne was a beautiful ray of sunshine on this earth. I will always cherish my memories with you both as a majorette in the WCHS class of 1975 and later as a teacher at Randolph Central Schools. May God wrap His loving arms around you in the days ahead.

Jeff and Mary (Swindell) Clark
   Posted Sat March 31, 2018
I was so privileged to know Dianne Jones. She was a wonderful role model and mentor as a Music teacher. She was a beautiful example of someone who radiated the love of God through her Gift of music. Our condolences and prayers are with Max and Gavin and her extended family. Many prayers,
Jeff and Mary (Swindell) Clark

Marsha Poucher Beal WCHS 1974
   Posted Wed April 18, 2018
I was saddened to see this. I remember you both with fondness and appreciate the many hours you both spent developing a winning band program. The Dwiggins family was well respected & loved.
You have many cherished memories. God's blessings to you.