A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3701 Birchman Ave, Fort Worth, with entombment following at Greenwood Mausoleum. Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood.
Diann was born July 11, 1937, in San Antonio to Jim and Helen Alford. The family moved to Dallas where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Fifty-one years ago she married the love of her life, John Chase. Together they raised their son, Chad, began the Autobahn MotorCar Group and shared a love and devotion to Christ that was the envy of others. With Diann’s marriage to John, she brought God’s order and direction into his life. She was a member of Tate Springs Baptist Church and a charter member of the J Bar J Cowboy Church.
Diann was benevolent and humble. She championed youth and was committed to providing opportunities through the Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour, Diann Chase Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Automobile Raffle. Due to her vision, countless young people will realize their dreams and her philanthropic impact will be felt for generations. It is said “that no one stands as tall as when they stoop to help a child” in that case heaven has a new giant.
She is survived by her loving husband, John Chase; son, John Sprague Chase III (Chad) and wife, Yvette of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Chelsea, Chandler and Charley Chase; grandson, John Sprague Chase IV (Jack); sister, Darlene Powledge; nephew, Craig Powledge and wife, Nancy; grandnephew, Rory and grandniece, Caroline; niece Lauri Morris, grandnephews Max and Brye.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to the Autobahn MotorCar Group Youth Scholarship Tour, 3000 White Settlement Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 or the charity of your choice.