Dianne Kirkland Roehrich (1944-2019) died on December 3rd at her home in Groveland, Florida after a brutally short battle with a very aggressive cancer.
She died within two weeks of her diagnosis and was surrounded by her loved ones in that narrow window of time. Dianne was born in Nicholls, Georgia to Wannie and Quincey Kirkland, but was raised together with her three siblings Anthony Kirkland, Greg Kirkland and Dawna Lott by her grandparents William and Lallie Kirkland. Growing up on a simple farm in rural Lakeland, Georgia, Dianne sang in the church choir, was FFA sweetheart in high school and was a Miss Georgia Peach runner up. Her proudest accomplishments in life were raising her two children, Todd Perfito and Nicole Perfito, as a single mom and on a secretary’s salary, and watching them both finish college and graduate school. She took endless pleasure in hearing stories about her grandchildren in California, Benjamin and Tobias Hammond. Dianne had a kind, accepting heart, and was an easy confidante of everyone she met. She loved being surrounded by family, cooking amazing food and watching the action from a comfortable chair. After several practice attempts, Dianne finally met her life partner Edward (Skip) Roehrich in 1996 when she was living on Singer Island, Florida. They married in 1998 and since then have been constant companions. In addition to her husband, children and three siblings, she is also survived by three-half siblings Rosemary Kirkland Cavnar, Joy Kirkland Sharp, and Quincey (Kip) Kirkland, Jr; and three step-daughters Yvette White, Ashley Roehrich and Amy Hampton.
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