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Christ Episcopal Church
Sunday June 12th, 2022

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Diana "D.D." Burke Brant



Diana “D.D.” Burke Brant, age 78, passed away at her home in Marion, Va. Monday, May 16, 2022.


She was born January 22, 1944 in Richmond, Va. to the late Hampden Aulick Burke and Niña Bitler Burke. “D.D.” was a very active member of Christ Episcopal Church, serving as President of Episcopal Church Women and she served on the Vestry. She was active in A Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Program in Abingdon, serving as Chairman of the Board and as a volunteer. “D.D.” was involved in Remote Area Medical of Smyth County and on the Board of Directors for Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, Va. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, and coached basketball for many years for the Marion Recreation Department. She was an avid tennis player and horsewoman.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, James Herman Brant; and nephew Aulick Burke Rucker.


“D.D.” is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry Hester Brant of Marion, Va.; daughters, Katherine Brant Manning and husband, William David Manning, Sr. of Lynchburg, Va. and Elizabeth Brant Songer of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, William David Manning, Jr. and wife, Alice of Shelby, N.C., Simeon Brant Manning and wife, Cassie of Burlington, N.C., Katherine Grace Manning of Lynchburg, Va., Aulick Ford Songer and John Henry Songer, both of Boise, Idaho; sister, Pamela Burke Rucker and husband, Dale of Roanoke, Va.; niece, Elizabeth Evans Rucker of Richmond, Va.; sister-in-law, Caroline Walker Brant; niece, Rosemary Brant Hancock and husband, David of Wytheville, Va.


A Celebration of “D.D.’s” life will be held Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, 409 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24354 with Reverend Emily Edmondson officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in “D.D.’s” memory to Christ Episcopal Church, c/o Treasurer, PO Box 189, Marion, VA 24354.


To share memories of Diana “D.D.” Burke Brant, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for “D.D.’s” family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Henry, so sorry to learn of your loss. DD was a special and unique person. We will all miss her and her contributions to society.
With sympathy,

Archie Hubbard III May 23 2022 12:46 PM

Henry I am saddened to hear of DD's passing. I am praying for you and the family that God will comfort and abide with you all. Henry you and DD always made me feel so welcome at Christ Church and I am so grateful that I was able to worship with you folks occasionally. God Bless you all.

Wilbur Holmes May 19 2022 9:07 AM

She was such good friend Sorry for your lost Henry Elizabeth AndKatherine

Phil Clay hopkins May 18 2022 3:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Diana "D.D." Brant

April Gomez May 18 2022 3:26 PM

Dear Henry and family, Wayne and I are sorry to hear about D.D. passing. She was a character and we loved the time spent with her during RAM. We will miss seeing her. God bless you. Terri and Wayne Kinder

Terri and Wayne Kinder May 18 2022 3:15 PM


RODNEY SEXTON May 18 2022 2:55 PM

with our sympathy, smyth co. humane soc.../SAR

mike snavely May 17 2022 8:20 PM

Jay and I are very sorry for your loss. She was one of the nicest, funniest ladies we ever had the grace to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of unthinkable loss.

Jenny & Jay Hall May 17 2022 7:52 PM

So very sorry. Love and prayers to you all.

Berit Scott Dabbs May 17 2022 7:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Diana "D.D." Brant

John and Sherry Pickle May 17 2022 6:39 PM

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