Self, Divina Maria

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January 27, 1971 - September 13, 2018

Self, Divina Maria

Divina “Diva” Maria Self, 47, of Carrollton, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, due to a heart infection.

Divina was born January 27, 1971, in Dallas, Texas, to Irene Ramos Prado. She was born with congenital heart disease, and had to overcome many health obstacles throughout her life. As a child, Divina was energetic, helpful, inquisitive and precocious. Her mother called her a little tornado, and nicknamed her “flaca” (skinny). She loved to help around the house with her brothers.

Divina was a 1990 graduate of Grand Prairie High School. She attended Tarrant County College. Divina married her long-time boyfriend and high school sweetheart, Durke DeWayne Self, at a lovely outdoor wedding in 1997. Divina and Durke went on to have four children: Brandon Alexander (18, deceased), Julian Edward (15), Bella Alexandria (12), and Lauren Lynn (10).

Divina’s children were her true passion in life. When her son, Brandon Alexander, was born prematurely with health issues, she fiercely devoted herself to his care. She was a passionate advocate for Brandon, and all children with special needs. Divina was well known for her tenacity, involvement, and enthusiasm throughout the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District.

Divina had a large and diverse group of friends. She was famous for her exuberant, happy, and sometimes crazy personality. She was known as “Diva”, a nickname she always proudly displayed on her car.

Divina was a long-time member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Farmers Branch. She was passionate about volunteering and gave her time to MetroCrest Services and Christ 4 Kids Sack Summer Hunger. Divina worked in Pre-K Religious Education at Mary Immaculate, alongside her son Brandon.

Divina is survived by her husband, Durke Self, and children, Julian, Bella, and Lauren of Carrollton, Texas; parents Irene and Roberto Prado of Joshua, Texas; brothers Robert Prado and Marcos Prado; and grandmother Beatrize Prado. She is preceded in death by son Brandon Alexander Self, who passed away November 13, 2017; grandparents Juanita and Emilio Ramos; and grandfather Roberto Prado.

A viewing will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, with a Rosary at 4:00 pm, on Sunday, September 16, at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas. Funeral Mass will be said at 2:00 pm, Monday, September 17, Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas.

A memorial donation fund has been set up at, Divina Self Memorial Fund.

“Oh, how precious time is! Blessed are those who know how to make good use of it. Oh, if only all could understand how precious time is, undoubtedly everyone would do his best to spend it in a praiseworthy manner!”  – St Pio of Pietrelcina

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Lee Freeman

January 22, 2019 2:49AM

Heartfelt condolences to Durke and the family! Diva will be dearly missed.

Ginger Castillo

September 18, 2018 10:48PM

The memories from school and GEEPETTES and the time you stayed with us are some of my fondest memories, Diva. My prayers and love to you Durke, and those three beautiful kids. The courage she had all her life to fight through in spite of constant health issues and that big bright smile will be misses but never forgotten.

Sarah Butler (Moore)

September 17, 2018 11:29AM

Durke and Divina - We only shared one year of high school together, but what a fun year you two made it!

To Durke and family, please accept my deepest condolences. I pray that God will wrap his arms around each of you and you will feel His comforting presence and grace during this time.

Luis Marquez

September 16, 2018 7:33PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I met Divina while helping at school Thanksgiving lunch she volunteered for. She talked and talked it felt like we had been friends for a while. I will be praying for your family.

Priscilla Mahaffey

September 16, 2018 6:44PM

My life was blessed to have known +Divina. A woman who loved the Lord, her family and friends unconditionally. She had the most compassionate heart and was welcoming to all she met. She will live on through Durke and her children- a legacy of love and service. May she rest in peace🙏❤️🌹

Maria Gomez

September 16, 2018 1:15PM

I’m very sorry for your lost I meet her in church we both voluntier at.Mary Immaculate,my love and sorrow for your lose

Jill Krause

September 15, 2018 7:10PM

Deepest condolences to the family. Divina will be missed.

Carmen Inga

September 15, 2018 5:44PM

My deepest sympathy for this loss. I met Divina at Mary Immaculate and always admire her zest for life and her passion for her children. I will always remember her as a fun loving, caring mother. We will keep you in our prayers. Pedro and Carmen Inga

Shabana Bharwani

September 14, 2018 5:26PM

So so sorry for your loss! May you all get lots of strength to deal with such a loss.

Edna Nagle

September 14, 2018 4:50AM

My love to you all, sorry, Durke and family, my prayers and love to all. This family has been in my life, my entire life, my prayers and may God bless, bless you