Diane Barkley of Hillsboro passed away Monday July 31, 2017, at the age of 75. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday August 5, at Robinson Church of Christ, 428 Chado Lane, with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 7, 2017, at Downing Cemetery near DeLeon, Texas, under the direction of Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive.
Mrs. Barkley was born February 24, 1942 in Brownwood, Texas, the daughter of the late Henry Clayton and Desiree Ruby (Kennedy) Elliff, where she graduated from High School. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Howard Payne University in Brownwood. On February 27, 1960, she married Robert Calvin Barkley at Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood. After fifty-seven years of marriage, he preceded her in death May 22, 2017.
For thirty years she was a teacher at various schools in small towns in the western part of Texas. After her retirement, she was a real estate broker in Hillsboro and Whitney for ten years where she also sold jewelry. Throughout her life, she was very active in the Church of Christ and in the Doulos International which provided children services and missionary work in India.
Survivors include a son, James Barkley and wife Patricia; a daughter Deborah Ortega and husband Jeff; four grandchildren, Katie McNeese, Justin Ortega, Jenifer Delgado, and Kevin Barkley and five great grandchildren.