Diana Lynn Birdsong-Adams
June 13, 1950 - December 2, 2021

Diana Lynn Birdsong-Adams passed away at the age of 71, while surrounded by her loved ones in her Land O Lakes home. She was born in Bellevue, Ohio on June 13, 1950, as the daughter of Joyce E. Garvey (Zepperneck). Diana moved with her family to Tampa, Florida in 1965 where she graduated from Chamberlain High School, Class of 1968. After high school, Diana pursued a passion of being a hairstylist, but only utilized her skills by giving many haircuts to her family. In 1976, she began working for General Telephone & Electronics Corporation (GTE). She was employed for 26 years, most recently as a secretary, before she took early retirement from Verizon. Upon retirement, she owned and operated The New Coffee Mill Express of Lutz, Florida, with her daughters, for three years where she worked the hardest she ever had in her life. On December 25, 1988, Diana married Joseph Adams, at their favorite camping destination, accompanied by her two children, Heather and Kimberly. Diana spent recent years caring for her four grandchildren, instilling a love of nature and sports. For many years, Diana actively volunteered for Cypress Creek Church of Lutz, and Hospice Thrift Store of Lutz. She always made friends wherever she went, and always spoke the God’s honest truth to everyone she met. Diana cherished family and traditions, and loved God above all else. She was an avid reader, an excellent cook, a collector, a beach lover, a proud American patriot, a faithful Christian, a long-distance runner, a painter, and a genuine lover of all life had to offer. She could often be found making memories with her family, helping in her community or cheering on “her guys”, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams. She encouraged everyone around her to always show up with a willing smile, be prepared, and enjoy every moment of life. Diana will be dearly missed by her husband, Joseph Adams; daughter, Heather Van Meter (Ladd); daughter, Kimberly Adams Reth and her husband, David Reth; as well as her beloved grandchildren Alyssa, James, Lily, and Annalynn. She is also survived by her brother, William “Bird” Birdsong; and sister, Sandra “Sandy” Wilson (Birdsong) and her husband, Jeff Wilson. Diana was predeceased by her mother, Joyce E. Garvey; her brother, Michael Birdsong. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends. All who were blessed to know her are invited to her family home on December 18, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. to celebrate her life. Condolences may be shared at Coastal Cremations and Funeral Care- Lutz Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to Hospice Care or a charity of your choice.


  • Jean Hencke Nathe Posted December 6, 2021 2:37 pm

    Sending the family prayers and hugs! Diana was a special lady and so much fun to be around. She will be missed!

  • Doris McQuiniff Posted December 7, 2021 9:54 am

    I thank God for giving me a wonderful friend in Diana. She will truly be missed by so many!! It is such a comfort to know we will meet again in Heaven someday. My heartfelt condolences go out to the love of her life, Joe, and her daughters and their families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

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