Dianne was born in Winchester, Indiana on February 1, 1947, to Phyllis Ann Dwiggins and the late Donald Dwiggins, where her love of music began and was nurtured in the Dwiggins household.
Mommy and Daddy were the guiding light for the Dwiggins kids, teaching them that goodness lies in caring for others. Ann and Don managed the Randolph County Home for over 30 years until 1984, when they were honored as Randolph County “Citizens of the Year.” Dianne and her brothers held fond memories close to their hearts about the time spent at the County Home as children and then later as adults.
Everyone who met Dianne would agree that she was the epitome of goodness. Her radiant smile convinced us all.
Love in Song
Daddy was an avid musician playing in Jack’s Xylophone Band as a child, and various dance bands during the 40’s and 50’s. He sang in barbershop quartets and choruses, and directed the Union City, IN, Four Seasons Barbershop Chorus. He also directed the Winchester United Methodist Church choir and played in the pit orchestra for many of Winchester Community High School’s musicals.
This musical talent naturally fell onto the Dwiggins siblings. Guided by their father, Dianne and her brothers often sang and performed together at home and at local venues. The “Dwiggins kids” continued to participate in music in high school and sang in many of the school’s musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma and South Pacific, where Dianne played major roles. After high school, they continued singing, with three of the siblings entering college as music majors.
As adults, the siblings continued to enjoy singing and those who were lucky have heard them sing with joy, emotion and enthusiasm, especially at family gatherings and during Christmas.