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John Gerald Cioffi

May 10, 1919 ~ April 6, 2020

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Marjorie Louise Cook

October 22, 1918 ~ April 6, 2020

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Louis Hurley Dupree

August 20, 1927 ~ April 7, 2020

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William Daniel Henderson

August 18, 1943 ~ April 2, 2020

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William Kyle Parker

October 17, 1996 ~ March 31, 2020

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Carrie Ann Gilbert

Jan. 2, 1933 ~ April 3, 2020

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Marie R. Franks

January 15, 1932 ~ March 31, 2020

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Geraldine Ann Burke

March 6, 1948 ~ April 1, 2020

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Diane Porter Rice

May 17, 1941 ~ February 7, 2020

Diane Rice of Raleigh passed away peacefully Feb 7, succumbing to her third battle with cancer. As with her first bout 13years ago and her second six years ago, Diane fought bravely.
Diane was born in Connecticut and moved to Mt Olive, NC with her family as a young child. Upon graduating from Crumpler Business School, she moved to Raleigh in 1961. She worked for 30 years at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh and later at the NC Dept of Revenue.
Diane was known for her love of children and animals. She loved bright colors and was fiercely proud of her Irish red hair. She was a feisty spirited woman known for her candor. She never met a stranger and would talk as long as there was someone nearby to listen.
She volunteered at the Helen Wright Center, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the Raleigh Little Theater and attended Westminster Presbyterian Church and Open Table United Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by the love of her life Carl Rice, her parents Mr and Mrs M S Porter Jr of Mt Olive, and a brother Richard Porter of Sneads Ferry. She is survived by a brother Stotler Porter of Goldsboro, NC, a nephew Logan Porter of Mt Olive, NC, a niece Trisha P Kelley of Blythewood, SC and a nephew Richard Porter Jr of White Hall, Va.
She is also survived by her furry friends Missy and Coco or Raleigh NC and special friends Sue LaFone of Knightdale, Viola Garrison, and Carol Elmstrom, both of Raleigh.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, at 11 AM at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Raleigh. Burial will follow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral from 10:00 AM until 10:45 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Helen Wright Center, The Raleigh Rescue Mission, or Open Table United Methodist Church.


February 11, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Hpme
831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC


February 11, 2020

11:00 AM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel


  1. Melanie McDonald

    Diane will be truly missed by all of us at Open Table. She became in short-order know to each of
    us as a welcoming person, full of energy, never meeting a stranger and always quick to give
    a hug. I will always remember her sitting under the large oak tree located on the side lawn of Open Table enjoying a night of live music with her toes tapping away and that huge grin she always seemed to have. Children and adults alike will miss her warm greetings.

  2. Carolyn Hinton Shropshire

    I worked with Diane for many years at First Citizens
    Bank ! Haven’t seen her in a while , She was a beautiful
    Woman with the most beautiful red hair & beautiful blue eyes! So sorry to hear of her death !

  3. Camille Sherrod

    Diane has been a true friend to my family for more than a decade, & I will miss her zaniness & her thoughtfulness. Never missed a birthday or special occasion & always came up with a perfect gift, complete with card & typically a photo. She knew the importance of commemorating special memories, as they are fleeting in this life. I’m so thankful her battles are over & all that remains is the heavenly Peace, Joy, & Love for this sweet spirit! ❤️

  4. Nancy Cabe

    Diane was a joy to have as we traveled on the motorcoach. She always wanted to go to the Amish Country every year. Rest in Peace my friend. Sending love and prayers to the family.

  5. Viola Garrison

    I first met Diane working at the Department of Revenue more than 15 years ago. We became friends and she was like an adopted grandmother to me as all my family lives in Germany. From the moment Diane found out I had a daughter, she would always have gifts for her on holidays and really enjoyed my visits with our daughter Cara. Diane was a feisty little lady that would tell you her opinions whether you liked them or not. She always told me: “We can agree to disagree” so the two of us always got along even if our opinions on different subjects would differ.
    Bill, Cara, and I will dearly miss her. RIP Diane with your beloved husband Carl.

  6. Brenda IRWIN

    I met Diane @ my 1st Job @1st Citizens Bank. She was the first person to welcome me…As the years past, I had not seen her…Lord be hold…meeting with her again @ my mother 70th birthday party. Diane was the life of the party. My family enjoyed her at every family gathering we had. We loved her and made her a member of our family. She was a great support team for my mom (Lola Mae Edmundson). Diane will be truly missed!!

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