(AUBURN) A celebration of life reception in memory of Dianne Brumbeloe Benefield, 69, of Auburn will be held at the home of Dr. Benefield (located at 539 Monticello Dr., Auburn) on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 20 to 4 p.m. All are welcome. Anyone who owns a piece of Dianne's pottery is invited to bring their piece to be displayed during the reception. This will be a time of remembrance, reminiscing and fellowship.
Ms. Benefield died Monday, July 8, at East Alabama Medical Center after a short illness.
Ms. Benefield was born April 27, 1950, to the late William Cerrill Brumbeloe and Mary Maxine Gunn Gross in Roanoke. Dianne lived in Roanoke until moving to the Auburn/Opelika area in 1998.
Dianne is survived by her son, Dr. Justin Donald Benefield; grandson, John Dixon "Jack" Benefield of Auburn; and sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Bobby Crabtree of Roanoke. She leaves behind many cousins and friends to cherish her memory. Dianne also "adopted" a host of young women over the years who needed her support or guidance in some way. Some of these relationships were long-lived, some were of a shorter duration, but Dianne filled a need that these women had at that particular point in their lives, and she loved each of "her girls" as if they were her own. She was preceded in death by one niece, Cynthia Elizabeth "Beth" Crabtree Bassett.
As her hearing and mobility deteriorated over the years, she was not able to attend a church regularly. She remained a woman of deep faith and drew great comfort from her relationship with the Lord.
Dianne loved spending time with Justin and Jack, as well as her friends and fellow potters. She had long heard stories from grandparents and other older relatives that the Brumbeloe family had a rich history as traditional clay potters. She became interested is old pottery of all types, and she decided to investigate the history of Brumbeloe potters throughout Alabama and Georgia. She found that she did indeed have potter's blood in her veins. Dianne then proceeded to teach herself basic skills and techniques related to digging and working clay, throwing pottery on a wheel, and handbuilding pottery. Soon after moving to Lee County, she decided to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in ceramics from the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. Upon completion of her degree, she established Daysprings Pottery. Her work has been featured in gallery showings and art shows across the Southeast and can be found in numerous galleries and retail locations throughout Alabama and Georgia. Her pieces have been purchased by residents of all 50 states and by citizens of more than 25 countries.
Frederick-Dean Funeral Home, Opelika.