Diane Lavaughn John


Diane Lavaughn John, 72, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.
She was born February 4, 1947, in Rushville, the daughter of James and Doris (Adams) Ferguson. On May 26, 1974, she married her husband of 45 years, Tom John, and he survives.
In addition to Tom, Diane is survived by her mother of Rushville; brothers, Bill Ferguson of Hahira, Georgia, Tom Ferguson of Rush County, and John Ferguson and wife, Vikki, of Port Charlotte, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Diane was preceded in death by her father in 2004.
She graduated from Mays High School in 1965. After high school, she attended and supported Johnson Bible College, which later became Johnson University. She graduated from IUPUC.
Diane was an active member of Morristown Christian Church, where her love of music was evident as she sang in the choir and played the piano. She had also formerly been a Sunday school teacher. Diane had a very special friendship with her church family.
She was a teacher for Shelby Eastern School District, she taught grades 6th thru 12th at Morristown, retiring in May of 2012, with 25 years of service. After retirement, Diane was a CASA worker.
Diane enjoyed cooking and traveling to Tennessee and Florida.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the funeral home, with the Revs. Fred Hickman and David Lee officiating.
Interment will be at Bennett Cemetery in Shelby County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morristown Christian Church, 209 S. Washington St., Morristown, Indiana 46161 or Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37998.
Online condolences may be shared with Diane's family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published on September 9, 2019
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Jean Ann Ross brown
Sep 14, 2019
Our families have been long time friends. Sorry to hear about Diane. From Ross family.
Donna Foster
Sep 13, 2019
I worked with Diane at MES She was the nicest lady ever. I enjoyed working with her. I remember listening to her sing for Dee Banta every Christmas. I am so sorry for your loss.
Todd and Heather Walton
Sep 11, 2019
My condolences to your family and prayers. Sorry for your loss
Judith Smith
Sep 11, 2019
Mrs. John was the sweetest most awesome woman ever!! She is the reason I made it through school. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be missed but never forgotten!! R. I. P Mrs. John Fly High!!
Angie Tallent
Sep 11, 2019
Thought and prayers are with you Tom and the rest of your family.
Rhonda Trebley
Sep 10, 2019
Secret Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Diane Lavaughn John by Rhonda Trebley.  Send flowers
Dee Banta
Sep 10, 2019
Diane and I worked together at MES for many years. Her Christmas gift to me each year was a song....she beautifully sang Oh, Holy Night or Ave Maria. Rest in peace, sweet friend.
Judy & Greg Wheeler
Sep 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.
Ellen F Cronas
Sep 10, 2019
A dear cousin will be a new star in the heavens. I remember playing in the creek near your house,,dressing our dolls on Grandma’s porch and singing and playing the night away with our families. Sending prayers to comfort all who will miss her, especially Tom.
Lisa Evans
Sep 09, 2019
So many happy memories of the beautiful music of Tom and Diane at our little church in Manila. Thinking of all of you