A visitation is scheduled Thursday night for a Fairborn second-grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away Friday morning.
Diane Grace, 50, will be remembered from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fairborn High School auditorium, 900 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.
Grace, a teacher at the Fairborn Primary School, taught in the district for 26 years, Superintendent Dave Scarberry said.
Arrangements are being handled by Burcham Jennings Funeral Home.
“She was like a sister to us,” said Heather Davis, a Fairborn Primary School physical education teacher who spoke on the behalf of friends and colleagues. “Her arms were always open for anything we needed. She made us feel like her family. She was very compassionate and cared about her students, co-workers and family.”
Grace — a lifelong Fairborn resident and graduate of the school district — died Friday morning at her home of natural causes, according to the Greene County Coroner’s Office.
A crisis team of counselors and psychologists were at the PreK-3 school on Friday to help students and staff cope with the news.
Susie Riegle, second-year principal at Fairborn Primary School, said teachers and students spent some of the school day Monday sharing stories and memories about Grace.
“She loved her students immensely,” Riegle said. “She was a very well-respected educator and she will for sure never be forgotten.”
Grace will be recognized at the American Heart Association “Red Out” during the varsity boys basketball game Friday night, district spokeswoman Pam Gayheart said.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greene County Animal Shelter at www.humanesocietygreenecounty.com. Online condolences can be made at www.BurchamJennings.com.