Diane Davenport Jackson passed away on August 30, 2019 from complication of several major illnesses. She was born October 15, 1951, the only child of Wadsworth and Elizabeth Yeager Davenport in Pittsburgh, PA. An excellent student, Diane graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with Honors. She taught for ten years in the West Mifflin, PA school district.
She married her husband, Curt, and formed her own business consulting company, with clients including Alcoa, Pepsi and USAID. She concurrently served as chair of the board of Pittsburgh Council of International Visitors.
Fluent in Spanish, Diane and Curt subsequently moved to Managua, Nicaragua in Central America, where Dine co-founded and became president of the Nicaraguan Development Corporation. She received a U.S. government grant to strengthen NGOS in Nicaragua. After eight years, Diane returned to the United States where she became Executive Director of the Helpline in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Upon moving to Arizona, Diane returned to teaching, she taught English to adults in Queen Creek. During her time in Queen Creek, Diane was asked by the U.S. State Department to conduct seminars on best practices for NGOS in Pakistan. Diane was also president of ALL (Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning). Her most recent assignment was College and Career Readiness Navigator. Diane was an internal part of the COABE Student Ambassador Program, which trained students to become representational leaders.
Diane and her husband Curt traveled extensively and developed many friendships and relationships. Diane was the epitome of intelligence, grace, integrity and bravery. She is missed by all who knew her.
Diane is survived by her husband, Curt; a step-daughter, Kirsa Gamble and husband Greg; her grandchildren, Jackson and Jade; her Malaysian family, Uanitha, Alfred, Austin and Vishall; Diane was also like a mom to Nghi, who was at her bedside constantly.
A Celebration of Diane’s Life will take place Friday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m. at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to:
Queen Creek Family Resource Center
Attn: Ms. Maria Silva
20435 South Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142