Diane Lee Custis, 70, began her earthly journey on April 22, 1951, and it ended on August 16, 2021, when God called her to her eternal home with him. She was born in Salisbury, Maryland, to the late Arthur and Della Reid.
Diane was joined in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, Minister Lovelet Custis.
She attended the public schools in Wicomico County graduating from Wicomico Senior High School. Having a desire to serve her community, she decided to attend the Police Academy. After completing her course, she became employed at the Salisbury Police Department. She was the first black female hired on the force. This was a personal accomplishment she and her family were proud of. Subsequently, Diane went to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to work on the Police Force. Upon her retirement from the University, she was promoted to Corporal. This was another significant accomplishment she and her family were proud of.
Shortly after retirement, Diane decided to utilize her knowledge and skills and entered the work force at the Department of Social Services in Cambridge Maryland. Lastly, she was employed at Wicomico County Board of Transportation as a van driver. She had a dedicated and committed work ethic, which permeated every task she undertook. She was a capable woman who excelled in her professional life.
Diane possessed a loving, kind, and jovial spirit. She was known to be a devoted, loving, and caring mother, sister, aunt, cousin, sister-in-law, and friend. Her first devotion and dedication have always been to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then to her family. Diane exemplified her love and commitment by daily phone calls to her family.
In her leisure time, Diane enjoyed watching her favorite television shows, The Young and the Restless and Chicago PD. When she became bored, she would jump in her car and cruise around town. More than anything Diane loved to sing. After receiving Christ in her life, she loved nothing more than praising God and lifting his name in song.
Diane was a loyal and faithful member of St. James Free Methodist Church in Quantico, Maryland under the leadership of her pastor and brother. She loved her church and church family. As a devoted member, when the church doors were opened for service, you would find Diane in the midst. She was a member of John and the Caravans which later became St. James Choir. She enjoyed Bible Study, learning about God’s Word, and attending Men and Women’s Fellowship.
Diane leaves to cherish loving memories, a son: Sidney Johnson of St. Meyers Florida; a sister Della (Franklin) Horsey of Salisbury, Maryland; three brothers: Orlie (Liz) Reid of Annapolis, Maryland, Reverend Louis (Doris) Reid of Salisbury, Maryland. and Quincey (Mary) Adams of Waldorf, Maryland; a grandson: Draquan Creighton of Baltimore, Maryland; and a great granddaughter Khloe (the apple of her eye); sisters-in-laws: Bertha Reid of Fruitland, Maryland and Sheila Reid of Annapolis, Maryland; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended relatives, and friends. She also had four stepchildren including one special stepdaughter: Syree (John) Williams, two close friends: Debbie Winder and Joyce Brown.
Diane was loved and respected by many. She will be deeply missed.
Her husband: Lovett Custis; four sisters: Dorothy, Patricia, Hilda, and Doris Reid; two brothers: Joseph and David Reid.
A final word
Kindly be advised that I have moved. I now have a new Landlord, where I can dine at the Master’s table and I can sing in the Heavenly Choir. Please take a little time to note my new address in your Rolodex organizer, email address and personal phone books. I could go and on about my new home, but instead I’m going to pray for you to move here yourself one day. My new address: Diane Custis, 777 Heavenly Circle, God’s Town, Heaven 7777.
Lovingly Submitted By The Family of Diane Custis
King James Version
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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