Diane Marsh, dentist and wife of retired state senator, remembered as loving mom fiercely devoted to her family | Richmond Latest News

Diane Marsh, dentist and wife of retired state senator, remembered as loving mom fiercely devoted to her family | Richmond Latest News

Dwayne Marsh said his mother was a dentist for the Church Hill neighborhood at time when many people couldn’t afford to go to the dentist. Sometimes his mother was paid in poultry and vegetables for the dental services, he said.

Sonya Craft, Diane Marsh’s daughter, said that even today she comes across former patients who continue to pay respects for the dental work her mother did.

“[They] say ‘I knew your mom, she helped me with my teeth. I’m still wearing the dentures she made for me,’ ” Craft said.

Her obituary says that in becoming a dentist, Diane Marsh built upon the legacy of her father, a physician who also served the Church Hill neighborhood.

“She traveled with him on his house calls,” Craft said. “He was a very compassionate man.”

Diane Marsh’s own dentist, Francis Foster, inspired her to get into that profession, said Nadine Marsh-Carter. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Union University, Diane Marsh went to dental school at Howard University in Washington. She was one of the first black female dentists in Virginia, according to her obituary.

“She was a trendsetter in her generation to be a woman who chose, at the time, a non-conventional career,” said Marsh-Carter, a former Richmond School Board member.

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