Joyce N. Diggins

June 29, 1923 - March 06, 2010

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Joyce Needham Diggins, 86, of Kendallville died Saturday, March 6, 2010 in Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne.
The melody of her life lifted us all. Joyce always had a song in her heart, a flower in her garden and a kind word for everyone. Her belief in the goodness of mankind never failed her and her humility and passion for life was infectious.
Joyce was a devoted daughter and sister, cherished by none more than her nieces. She gave of her talents and passion freely, playing her beloved piano for Rotarians, Methodists, Baptists, friends and family. She was a compassionate and dedicated teacher; someone many of her students kept in touch with during their adult lives. Joyce’s fierce independence and self-sufficiency was inspirational to all who knew her. We will miss the sunshine our beloved “AJ” brought into our lives.
A graduate of Ball State Teacher’s College, Joyce Diggins retired after 39 years of teaching elementary school in Elkhart, Middlebury, and 28 years at North Side School in Kendallville. Always active in the community, Miss Diggins was a member of Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Red Hats, Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville.
Miss Diggins was born June 29, 1923 in Wolcottville and preceded in death by her parents Harold Howard and Ruth Marie (Needham) Diggins, two brothers, Donald R. Diggins, LaGrange and Vance W. Diggins, Empire, Michigan.
Surviving are seven nieces: Barbara Walter (Ernest), Anderson, S.C.; Elaine Flynn (Terry), Moab, UT; Sally Marie Shepherd, Albuquerque, NM; Jan Diggins (Wilbur Montgomery), Indianapolis, IN; Martha Gerlach, Albuquerque, NM; Cathy McKinley (James), New Palestine, IN; and Nancy Gleffe (Robert), Grand Rapids, MI; and two nephews, Vance W. Diggins (Jane), Berthoud, CO and; John H. Diggins (Karen), Far Hills, NJ and 21 great nieces and nephews and 5 great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville on Thursday, March 11, 2010, 3:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, March 12, 2010 at 1:00p.m. in Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville, with Pastor G. Scott Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Church United Methodist or the Eastern Star.
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