On Monday, September 9, 2019, Dianne Johnston Andrews passed away at the age of 93. Dianne was born on January 27, 1926 in Mobile, AL to Thomas A. Johnston, Jr and Pauline Sheldon Johnston. Dianne grew up in Mobile where she graduated from Murphy High School and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. On June 2, 1948, she married Samuel Henry Andrews, III. They raised six children, Samuel, Bruce, Paula, Lucia, John, and Mark.
Dianne found happiness in all things bright and beautiful. A true Mobile girl at heart, she adored Mardi Gras and the breezes on Mobile Bay. She was also a long-time, hardworking member of the Citronelle community. She owned a small shop in Citronelle called Country Cottage Antiques in the late 70s, then helped start and worked with the Saint Thomas Episcopal thrift store for several years. Dianne was an avid reader who often checked out her favorite Navajo mystery novels while visiting with the wonderful staff of the Citronelle Memorial Library. Dianne adored going ballroom dancing with her husband Sam, playing exciting games of bridge and canasta with kind friends in Citronelle, and spending time with her family, usually while savoring good chocolate, good wine, and good coffee.
A talented artist and gardener, Dianne shared her love of painting, ceramics, flower arranging, and landscaping with her fellow members of the Citronelle Art Group and the Citronelle Garden Club. Dianne’s passion for gardening earned her numerous awards in floral arrangement, including the title of Queen of the Mobile Rose Show, and she surrounded her home with roses, bonsai trees, native shrubs, and wildflowers as well as an astonishing Japanese Garden. A born collector, she filled her home with collections of cow creamers, spoons, and rocks. Her artistic skill and her passions will be fondly remembered by her family and community.
Dianne was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her brother Tom, her sister Pauline, and her great grandson Stephen. She is survived by her 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 niece, 1 nephew, and 3 beloved chihuahuas.
The family would like to thank special caregivers Amanda Finch, Belinda Yell, Melinda Boothe, Beth Howard, and Wanda Gentry.
The family will receive visitors at the Citronelle United Methodist Church on LeBaron Avenue, Citronelle on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. A funeral service will follow at the Church at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Citronelle Memorial Library or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.