Diana Thomas Rooney

Profile Updated: October 4, 2021
Diana Thomas
Residing In: El Centro, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Fred
Occupation: Retired Educator
Children: Randall Warren Smith,born 1968
Shannon Elaine Smith Twining, born 1971
Grandchildren: Kaitlyn More…Smith born to son Randy. Senior at Cal State San Marcos. Thomas Twining born to Shannon. 8th grader
Cameron Elisabeth. Born to Shannon. 1st grader
Yes! Attending Reunion

I married after graduating from Texas Tech in '67. Moved to California. Taught school for 37 years. Retired in 2004, and my husband and I became "Sun Birds." We flee the wicked summer heat in El Centro, CA, and spend three months in the Pacific Northwest: visiting Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The past 45 years have lent me a wealth of travelling experiences and good times.

As well as a good life in CA, I still have my dad living in SA in the same house that we lived in while I attended Highlands. My dad is a WWII Vet, and was 36 years with Southwestern Bell/AT&T.

My son is a plumber in El Centro, and my daughter is a Registered Dietitician at Sharp Hospital in San Diego, CA. My son has a 15 year old daughter and my daughter has a son, Thomas, who is a 6 years old and a new baby girl, Cameron Elisabeth, 14 days old. My daughter is married to a wonderful guy, Mike Twining, who is an engineer.

There is so much to share. Consider this a work in progress. Love this website and hope to visit again soon. As you can see, my visits are few and far between. Aye?

Here we are 75 years old. My second husband Fred and I have pretty much settled to life evolving around the home. Yet, we did spend summer 2021 in Kellogg, Idaho and surrounding areas. I f you ever visit Kellogg, they have a wonderful Silver Mountain resort with Swim Park for the kids, gondola rides, fishing, camping, biking, and of course great food.

For 8 years, after the death of my mother, I travelled to SA every month to
help my Dad and make sure he was ok. On the day of our last reunion, he passed. 98 years old. Just killed me, but the graciousness of classmates at the reunion helped me cope.

I hope to see you all at a 60th reunion.

School Story:

Some of my fondest memories are brigade, the routines that I could manage to forget my exit line, and travelling to football games.

I remember my favorite skit pictured in the annual where I wore the blonde wig and heaven knows what I was saying.

Your Favorite Teacher(s):

Mrs. Lundeen by far stands out in my mind. I have never forgotten the lessons on DNA, and now all of the forensic evidence is based on DNA. I can even remember what the acronym stands for, but not sure I can spell it without the old dictionary.

The other teacher that really stands out in my mind is Mr. Bramble. He is probably still around. I'll never forget the day of Nov. 23rd, 1963,fall of our senior year, when Kennedy was shot and Mr. Bramble wheeled the TV into typing class so that we could watch the events transpire. The thoughts of that day bring tears to my eyes. My mom had gone to the airport the day before to see JFK.

There were many others, Mrs. Winnick, my homeroom teacher, and of course, Mrs. Lord. Lordy, Lordy, she was the Lord of the girl's gym.

45th Reunion Attendee Comments

Had a ball with the cronies: Cheryl, Sandy, Liz and Johnny Eubanks. Of course, Berta, Nancy, and many others. Saw David Wright for the first time in 45 years.

It has been great fun seeing many of our friends at the HHS luncheons, once a month.

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Sep 11, 2023 at 3:33 AM
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Dec 23, 2022 at 10:39 AM

Posted on: Dec 22, 2022 at 2:31 PM

I hope you had a very Happy Birthday. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I just returned from our Family Christmas in SA. Grandma Baylor started the celebration the weekend before Christmas, so families could go to the in-laws on Christmas. It’s a great tradition. My cousins and I have continued to help the famiy flourish. Hope to see you one day soon. Funny, I am now the matriarch of our family. Love to you and yours. Diana

Sep 11, 2022 at 3:33 AM
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Sep 09, 2022 at 9:27 PM

Posted on: Sep 08, 2022 at 3:29 PM

Happy Birthday, Richard. Today’s my granddaughter’s 8th birthday. Have a great day!

Feb 05, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Happy Birthday! Have a great day and let me know how your are doing.

Oct 04, 2021 at 11:44 AM
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Oct 04, 2021 at 5:34 PM

Posted on: Oct 04, 2021 at 11:21 AM

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day! Here’s to another year forward. Would love to see you again soon.

Sep 11, 2021 at 3:33 AM
Mar 28, 2021 at 2:19 PM

Happy Birthday! Celebrate!

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Posted on: Feb 23, 2021 at 11:32 PM

March 2nd. I always remember this date. First Granddaughter was born on March 2nd. Hope you have a very Happy Birthday when the day comes. Hope to see you soon.

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Sep 24, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Happy Birthday, Peggy. Party Hearty!

Sep 20, 2020 at 3:01 PM

Hope you had a very Happy Birthday, fellow Virgo!

Sep 11, 2020 at 3:33 AM
Sep 01, 2020 at 2:05 PM

Hope you had a Happy Birthday!

Sep 01, 2020 at 12:40 PM

Happy Birthday on the 8th. Same day as my granddaughters birthday. She is only 6. Wow! Many years past. Hope your day will be great when it arrives.

Aug 05, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Happy Birthday, Vicki. Relax, enjoy, and stay safe. Hope to see you again in the near future. For now, enduring the blazing heat of the Imperial Valley.

Aug 01, 2020 at 3:22 PM

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day!

Mar 23, 2020 at 1:41 PM