November 13, 2021, 66, Goldsboro –
Melody Diane Lewis Reeves Coltrane, 66, a resident of the Saulston community left this earth for her heavenly home on November 13, 2021. Diane was truly an artist working with her hands her entire life, first as a dental lab technician making gold crowns and was her shop’s, Master Caster. After 25 years, Diane began a new venture by opening Flower Creations in Goldsboro. Diane developed a very loyal customer base by always giving meticulous attention to every arrangement she created. Diane brought smiles and joy with every delivery.
Nothing made Diane happier than to be with her son Kyle and his friends. Whether swimming or her ultimate pleasure, fishing on the boat or even better, on Surf City Pier. One of her fondest memories was fixing a pallet of blankets on the pier when Kyle was just a tot and fishing all night and curling up with him for a nap between runs.
For the last three years of her life, Diane began dating and eventually marrying the man who loved and respected her many beautiful qualities, from her “what comes up, comes out” attitude to her incredible empathy for her rescues, Chance, Brownie, and Daisy and her and Kyle’s first pet, Pluto.
Melody Diane exhibited compassion and a soft heart that endeared her to everyone she met, striking up a conversation with anyone anywhere. And her feisty ways were legendary! Diane brought to this part of heaven what it means to be an independent woman. She was in every sense of the word a free spirit.
She will be missed by her family and many friends and especially her very closest friends who leaned on her for guidance and support every day.
One of the ones who will miss her most will be her sister, Sheila, who has been inseparable from Diane since her birth. They’ve been there for each other through the worst storms imaginable their whole lives. Sheila more than anyone was the happiest when Diane finally found love.
Diane is survived by her mother, Mrs. Earnestine McCumber Lewis; her husband, Perry Glenn Coltrane; her sons, Michael Joshua Kyle Reeves and partner, Jordan Liles of Goldsboro, Joshua Coltrane and wife, Colleen of New Bern, and Bryan Coltrane and wife, Vicki of Minneapolis, MN; sister, Jackie Butler, brother Tony Lewis and wife, Pat; sister Sheila Doherty all of Goldsboro; brother-in-law, Doug Doherty of Goldsboro; granddaughters, Amelia and Violet Coltrane of New Bern; nephews Kenny Butler of Raleigh, Tony Lewis and wife, Marcia of Pikeville, Patrick Lewis and wife, Jen of Melbourne, FL, Chris Metcalf and wife, Emily of Clayton, Gary Metcalf of Goldsboro, David and partner Michaela; niece, Laura M. Tigert and husband, John of Summerville, SC; great-nieces and nephews, Auri Lewis and partner, Tyler of Atlanta, GA, Marcus Lewis of Pikeville, Sawyer and Scarlett Lewis of Melbourne, FL, Hannah, Evann and Gabe Metcalf of Clayton, and Jesse and Lilah Tigert of Summerville, SC.
Waiting at the gates of heaven are her beloved father, William Cecil Lewis, whom Diane was always the apple of his eye and was a spitting image of him and where she learned not to take life so seriously, enjoy a good healthy laugh and when things go south, it’ll all blow over in a week or two; her niece, Tina Lynn Lewis who was the reason Melody Diane had the incredible empathy she was known for as she helped care for Tina when she came to live with the family when Diane was just 12 years old, also a brother in law, Kenny Butler.
As her husband, I can attest that Melody Diane went out on the top of her game as I occasionally won at Scrabble, very seldom at Jenga, and almost never at air hockey.
The most enigmatic, interesting and intelligent woman I’ve ever known. Rest in peace my sweet bride, I’ll see you on the other side and we’ll pick up where we left off.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate Diane’s life at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Pastor Steve Wellman officiating. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to www.seymourfuneralhome.com.