Diane Sue Kimes

Diane Sue Kimes was born March 30, 1953 in Houston, Texas, to parents, Pete Benkowski and Mae Shaffer Benkowski. She passed away November 15, 2023 in Shepherd, Texas, at the age of 70.

Diane was the manager of Dairy Queen in Cleveland, Texas, for 8 years, and liked painting ceramics. She has lived in Shepherd, Texas, for the past 71 years and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mae Benkowski; son-in-law, T.J. Flick; brothers, Leon Benkowski and Pete Benkowski.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Preston Kimes; children, Rhonda Lee Flick, Patrick Lee Kimes, Preston Michael Kimes and wife Sandra; sisters, Kathy Wagner, Barbara Pilkinton; grandchildren, Ryan Flick and wife Amanda, Jake Flick and wife Caroline, Madison Kimes, Camryn Kimes, Dillion Kimes, Audry Flowers; great grandson, Miles Flick.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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