Diana Lynn (Eggers) Griffith (73) of Hildago


Published on January 16 2022 4:25 am

Diana Lynn (Eggers) Griffith 73 of Hidalgo, Illinois passed away at 4 am on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, Illinois following an unfortunate heart attack at her home.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, Illinois conducted by Pastor Tim Laymon. Burial will follow at the Aten Cemetery in Hidalgo, Illinois. Visitation will be from 11 am to 1 pm the same day at the funeral chapel.

Diana born on September 13, 1948 in Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Richard and Norma Jean (Livingston) Eggers. She married Charles William (Bill) Griffith on July 30, 1967 at the Toledo Christian Church, Toledo Illinois. She is survived by daughter Amy Butler of Hidalgo, Illinois; son Thomas (Melissa) Griffith of Metropolis, Illinois; brother Steve (Cleda) of Elkton, Kentucky, sister Linda (Bob) Martin of Greenup, Illinois, sister Pat Patton of Robinson, Illinois, five grandchildren: Ashley, Keith (Emily), and Trygve Butler, Emily and Jack Griffith, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Norma Jean Eggers, husband Charles (Bill) Griffith, and brother David Eggers.

As a young lady, Diana was involved in various school activities, baby-sitting, helping with the family as the oldest sister, and secretarial work. After marrying Bill in 1967, they resided in Harvey, Illinois until their daughter Amy was about one year old. Bill and Diana then moved back to Hidalgo. Diana worked at SEI, an auto harness factory in Newton for about 5 years, then as head cook at Hidalgo Grade School for over 25 years, famous for her homemade rolls and pizza. She was also the school janitor in the later years. She touched so many young lives while working at the school. During that time, she also sold Mary Kay cosmetics for over 25 years.

Over many years, Diana’s passion was genealogy, gathering and recording and tracing family history amassing 11,470 family relatives. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed making quilts. She spent much of her time in the later years taking care of her family, and after the death of her husband, taking care of herself with many various doctor visits and procedures.Through it all, she tried to approach each day with a positive attitude taking one day at a time.

As an organ donor, Diana continued to think of others until the end. She was a very devoted and loving sister, wife, mother, “Nana”, and friend to all. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to Hidalgo Independent Christian Church, 227 West Harrison Street, Hidalgo, Illinois 62432. Memorials can be made to St. Jude.

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