Family Advocates Honor the Life of Diane Flashnick

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Dear Family Leaders and Friends, 

dianeBy now you may have heard that Diane Flashnick, a wonderful colleague and former Executive Director of the South Carolina Federation of Families, passed away on Sunday, May, 28, 2017 after a hard fought, three year battle with pancreatic cancer. 

A celebration of Diane's life will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 24, 2017. Diane's son, Brett Ryan Flashnick and her daughter-in-law McKenzie Flashnick ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the South Carolina Federation of Families that Diane cared so much about. 

Donations may be mailed to: 

Jenah Cason, current Executive Director of the South Carolina Federation of Families, has asked FREDLA to share the message below with you. 

It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that Diane Flashnick has passed away peacefully early Sunday morning. She was truly a warrior in all that she did; not least of all in her 3 and half year battle with cancer. Diane was truly a trailblazer in her work for families and children South Carolina. We will continue to honor her legacy and vision. Having had the privilege of traveling across the country with her, I know she has many friends far and wide whose lives are enriched for having known her. 

As many have said, the planet is a little darker without Diane's light. She will be missed by all. 

Jane Walker


  1. Pheobe Malloy's avatar
    Pheobe Malloy
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    Diane taught me lessons that are too numerous to name, but a few that I will always treasure are: "love deeply and forgive quickly"; "give everything and have no regrets"; and "people change and things go wrong, but always remember, life goes on."

    Indeed, life goes on and she has entered into that stage of eternal life. Diane's physical presence will be missed, but her spirit and her voice will remain. She was a great friend and colleague.
  2. Sue Smith's avatar
    Sue Smith
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    Dianne, Your lovely smile, that knowing shake of you head, you willing to listen ear and your heart of gold will always be remembered. You are a block in the foundation of the national voice for children's mental health.

    On a personal note your were a shoulder to cry on, a comrade in battle and a wonderful friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
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