Jessie Lou Diggs, 89, of Skidmore, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Golden Living Care, Maryville, Mo.

Lou was born, Aug. 10, 1923 in Skidmore, Mo., the daughter of Myron and Jessie Mildred Dawson Newton. On Aug. 19, 1939, Lou married Fred Lester Diggs, in Wathena, Kan., who preceded her in death April 22, 1977.

She attended Skidmore High School, was a cook at Nodaway Holt Schools for 20 years, owned and operated Lou's Diner for 21 years in Skidmore, and was a member of the Skidmore Christian Church.

She is survived by a special son-in-law, Don Brown; sons, Gary Diggs, Walker, Mo.,Terry Diggs, Skidmore, Mo., and Bradley Diggs, Chillicothe, Mo.; daughter, Linda Fairchild, Chillicothe, Mo.; sisters, Mary Alice Johnson, Skidmore, Mo., Inez Boyer, St. Joseph, Mo.; and 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three greatgreat grandchildren.

Mrs. Diggs was preceded in death by daughter Anita Brown; sisters, Judy Flynn, Leona Newton, Beth Bonner and Dixie Lea Collin; and brothers Homer, Fred, Zeke, Jerry, Myron, George, and Hooker Newton.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore, Mo.

Memorial may be directed to the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore, Mo. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Mo.