2006-01-26 / Obituaries

Diane Linda (Beaulieu) Drown, 57

Diane Linda (Beaulieu) Drown, 57, of Howland Avenue died Jan. 16, 2006, at home surrounded by friends and family after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Diane was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Collins) and George Beaulieu of Jamestown. She was also the mother of David Alan Drown of Hope Valley and Rachel Ann Drown of Washington, D.C.

Drown was born in Providence on May 23, 1948, and grew up in Fairhaven, Mass. before making Jamestown her home in 1978. She started her career as a teller

for Industrial National Bank on Narragansett Avenue, now Bank of America, and worked her way up the ladder. In 2002, she retired as vice president of corporate strategy. More recently, she volunteered

with the Rhode Island

Mentoring Partnership to strengthen and expand the Jamestown School mentoring program. Drown recruited volunteers and corporate sponsors. She was also a mentor herself. Drown was recently acknowledged for Excellence in Mentoring at the Rhode Island Statehouse by Gov. Donald Carcieri.

She was an ardent collector of art, antiques, rare books and music and had a passion for nature and lunar cycles. She had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and while working full time earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature, a master’s degree in industrial labor relations and a second master’s in education, all from the University of Rhode Island. Due to her untimely death, Drown was unable to achieve her goal of obtaining a doctorate in education.

Besides her son and daughter, she leaves brothers, Robert of Brooklyn, N.Y., David of Jamestown, Daniel of Arkansas, George of Saunderstown; and a sister, Roseanne of Florida. Drown also leaves nieces, nephews, her great-niece Kaitlyn Godena.

A Mass will be held at St. Mark Church in Jamestown on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. Immediately following the Mass, David and Rachel Drown welcome friends and family to a celebration of their mother’s life at Trattoria Simpatico from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be sent to the Jamestown Medical Fund or the Jamestown School Mentoring Program.

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