Obituary for Diana Adams Tufts Meyer

Diana Adams Tufts Meyer was born in Elizabethtown, N.C. on April 27, 1937, the daughter of Terry Lyon and John H. Hemingway.  She is predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Terry, and survived by another brother, John Alden Hemingway.

Diana was a 1959 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in English.  Following graduation, Diana taught at Pinehurst High School.  She was married to Donnell G. “Buck” Adams in 1961.  They had three children, Donnell G., Elizabeth and Robert P. Adams.

In 2002, Diana was married to Peter Tufts, Peter died in 2006.

In 2008, Diana was married to Charles Meyer in London, England.

Diana’s interest in health found expression by her service on the Board of the Thurston Arthritis Foundation at UNC Chapel Hill.  She completed her duties by serving, with her husband, Charles, as President of the Foundation Board.  Sandhills Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is the Diana and Charles Meyer Chapter.  Her community service skills were well served by her service on the Moore Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board where she headed several charitable Balls.  She also served as President of the Auxiliary Board.  Diana was perhaps proudest of the work she did with the Village Chapel, where she served as head of Community Donations.  Gardening skills were always important to Diana, and as a member of The Garden Club of the Sandhills, she had ample opportunity to exhibit those skills, with particular affection for the Peony. 

Diana leaves a son, Donnell G. “Buck” Adams, Jr. and his wife, Sally, their daughters Annabelle Hale and Olivia Hasty; a daughter Beth and her husband Clarke and their children Kathryn, Suzanna and Clarke Keough, Jr., as well as a son, Robert P. Adams.  Her stepchildren include:  Richard W. Tufts, Katherine Meyer Merritt, Charles Meyer, Jr. and Robert P. Meyer.

In remembrance of Diana’s life, her family asks that donations in her honor be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

A memorial celebration of Diana’s life will be held at the Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Rd. Pinehurst on Thursday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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