In Loving Memory

Diane E. Faris

October 27, 1945 - July 9, 2022


Diane Elizabeth Faris of Mobile passed away on Saturday, July 9th, 2022, at the age of 76. Diane was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 27, 1945, to Evelyn Patching. She was adopted by Mr. Herbert Brushe and his family.

Diane married her first husband, John Mitchell, when she was 18 and started a family in which she had her first four children. She met and married her second husband, with whom she had her fifth child, in 1986. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2005 at the age of 60 and spent several years teaching high school English.

Diane was defined in life by her Christian faith. She loved singing in various church choirs and spending time with her family. She also had a lifelong love for animals.

Diane is survived by her five children, John Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Jennifer Mitchell, Todd Mitchell, and A.W. Faris; as well as eleven grandchildren and three sisters. She was predeceased by her late husbands, A.W. Faris, Sr. and Jack T. Pollack.

A memorial service will be held at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL, on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM. There will be a time of visitation prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Diane’s name to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Jan Barchuk

    As an unwed mother, Evelyn Elizabeth Brown, gave birth to a baby girl who was adopted and loved by her father and mother. Unbeknownst to this little girl for decades, she had three younger sisters, Ann, Jan, and Carol. Diane, the oldest of the of Evelyn’s four daughters, looked more like our mother than any of the three of us. In my talks through the subsequent years after first meeting Diane and two of her children, Todd and AW, Jr., she was always upbeat and joyful. Even the last time she and I spoke, she was not afraid to face what she knew was imminent death because she was secure in her faith and confident that she was soon going to a place of peace and healing. She will be waiting at the Gates of Heaven for all of us whom she left behind.

  2. Nancy Braun Smith

    I loved Diane. She was the closest by age to me! We attended Central High School! We both loved teaching children!
    Our grandmother Grace “Dearie” had 5 children…and 13 grands!
    Diane brought AW to visit us in our Raleigh home in NC when he was 8 yrs old!
    My children Braun and Ellen were born in June 72 and June 1976!
    We loved seeing her and meeting AW!

  3. Paula Wicker Hamby (Mrs. Jim)

    Diane was a high school friend at Memphis Central. She was much loved by her parents and always had fun! she loved music, and we created and performed a dance in PE once. Yes, she was serious about her faith, and we will meet again at the heavenly portals I am sure! I am so glad I found this notification. Thank you!


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