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Dianita Gee
Dianita Gee

UTSA human resources staff member dies after brief illness

(Aug. 12, 2009)--Dianita Gee, co-worker, employee, boss and friend, died Saturday, Aug. 8 after a brief illness. Originally hired at UTSA in 1997 as a human resources specialist, she worked in both the benefits and compensation departments. For the last two years, she served as benefits manager in the Office of Human Resources. She was a consummate professional and a valued member of the human resources team.

Gee was an alumna of Texas Woman's University, where she earned a bachelor of business administration degree. Recently, she completed Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Away from work, Gee enjoyed singing in her church choir and was a member of the Worship Council executive board. She volunteered as a mentor with a local rites-of-passage program. She also enjoyed interior decorating and, for those of who knew her well -- shopping.

Gee will be remembered for her beautiful smile, dedication, hard work, love of her family and friends, and commitment to her faith. She could always be counted on regardless of the project, situation or circumstances.

"When we think of Dianita, we will remember her love of life and her flair for style, but most of all, we will remember her smile and her compassion," said Barbara Baran-Centeno, UTSA associate vice president for human resources. "Her passing will leave a huge void in the benefits department, human resources department, UTSA and mostly in our hearts. We will miss her deeply."

For information about donations, contact Michael Barnett, human resources department, at (210) 458-4251.

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Visitation and memorial service

  • A visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16 at New Creation Christian Fellowship Church, 8700 Fourwinds Drive, Windcrest, Texas 78239, (210) 646-7997.
  • A memorial service is set for 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17 at New Creation Christian Fellowship Church.

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