Born: May 30, 1933
Died: June 11, 2014
Diane M. Breaux, 81, of Little Rock, passed away June 10 at Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Diane was born in Broadstairs, a coastal town in the district of East Kent in the United Kingdom, on May 30, 1933, the daughter of the late Nellie Chappele Rice. After graduation from high school, Diane worked as a nanny prior to meeting and marrying a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who was stationed near her home.
After marrying and moving to the United States, she became a U.S. citizen, living in Arizona and California before moving to Arkansas. Diane attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), earning her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1972. She subsequently completed her Master of Nursing Science in 1974. As one of the first advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the state of Arkansas, she was widely known and respected in her role as mentor for many health care professionals who continue her legacy today.
Practicing In primary care at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System for 30 years, she was beloved by her many patients and co-workers. A strong advocate for providing the best in patient care, she worked tirelessly to improve the health of the veterans she served. She was a long-time member of the Arkansas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
A devout Catholic, Diane was a longtime member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Diane is survived by her son Robert Breaux, Sr. of Little Rock; grandson Joseph Breaux of Bryant; granddaughter Virginia Breaux Robertson of Bauxite; great-grandsons Hayden and Trylen Breaux; nieces Carolyn and Angela Taylor of the United Kingdom and nieces Janice (Bobby) Fox and Barbara (Jim) Burleigh of Grand Coteau, La.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Charles Breaux; her son, Leonard Charles Breaux; her grandson, Robert Allen Breaux, Jr.; her mother; her sister, Susan Rice Taylor (Fred) and her sister's son, Martin Taylor. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and "MeMe," as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandsons.
A visitation and celebration of Diane’s life will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, June 13, 2014 at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-661-9111. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, June 15 in the St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery in Grand Coteau, La. under the direction of Guidry Funeral Home of Church Point, La. Memorials may be made to: Humane Society of Pulaski County, Ark. or Arkansas Children's Hospital.