Diana M. Newkirk, 81 of St. Francisville, Illinois, formerly of Mount Carmel, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at home. She was born on February 28, 1939 in Wabash County, Ill., the daughter of Doyne McGrew and was raised by her grandmother, Edith Newkirk.

Diana was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked as a cook for many years at the Fireside and Zinni’s Restaurants. She really enjoyed her work and treasured the many friendships she made over the years in the restaurant industry. Diana loved her family dearly. She greatly enjoyed getting together and spending time with them. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Diana will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Terry (Claudia) Spore, Tom (Suzie) Spore, Larry (Charla) Newkirk; daughters, Susan Price, Debra Carie; grandchildren, Ryan Spore, Jed Spore, Jamon (Kacie) Spore, Josh (Natalie) Carie, Amber Preston, Marva Paris, Paige Whitman, Nichole Simmons, Nathan Spore, Nestelle Spore, Thad Steffey, Rob Steffey, Mike Steffey, Marc Spore; thirty-two great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Laverne Richardson; and daughter-in-law, Robin Spore.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Kenneth Spore, Bob Spore; grandson Logan Paris; great-grandson, Miles Paris; brother Roger Douglas.

In keeping with Diana’s wishes, cremation rites will take place and a private family burial service will take place at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in St. Francisville, Illinois.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Diana’s tribute wall, and leave a note of condolences for the Newkirk family, please visit www.keepes


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