Obituary Dianne Mitchell Forsyth of Pinehurst

Dianne Mitchell Forsyth, 74, of Pinehurst, passed away peacefully at the FirstHealth Hospice House on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Born in Lumberton on March 8, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Durham Hoyt and Mary Eunice Glass Mitchell.  Dianne grew up in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School.  She went on to graduate from Meredith College and earned her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.  Dianne began her career as a teacher in Mecklenburg County.  She went on to teach in Scotland County before moving to Sanford, where she became the Director of Exceptional Children for Lee County Schools.

Dianne married James Forsyth on May 7, 1982.  After her retirement in 2003, the two relocated to Pinehurst. Dianne enjoyed membership in “Women of the Pines” and was a lifetime supporter of her alma mater, Meredith College.

Dianne is survived by her devoted husband, James Forsyth; brother, William “Bill” Mitchell and wife Gerrie of Winston-Salem; sister, Marsha Smith and husband Garry of Ocean Isle Beach; step – sons Kendrick “Ken” Forsyth of Panama City, FL. and James “Nick” Forsyth and wife Jessica of Rock Hill, S.C.; step – grandchildren Page Degen and husband Taylor, Kaitlin Forsyth and Hailey Forsyth.

A funeral service will be held at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Southern Pines on Friday, July 16th at 2:00 pm, followed by entombment at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 1105 W. Morganton Rd., Southern Pines. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dianne’s memory to:  Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

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