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On a snow flurried Sunday morning, God walked through His garden and picked a rose that was fully bloomed. The life journey of Ms. Sharon Vivesa Diggs, 65, of Danville, Va., transitioned from earth to reward on Jan. 17, 2016, at Danville Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 16, 1950, in Mathews, Va., she was the daughter of the late Sherman H. Diggs and Lois Webster Diggs.

Ms. Diggs graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., in 1973, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education. In 1980 Ms. Diggs, received her Master of Science in Home Economics from Radford University, Radford, Va. She also completed additional course work at VA Tech and Cornell University. She was employed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension as a Unit Coordinator/Extension Agent, and an adjunct professor at Danville Community College.

Ms. Diggs was a member of the Camp Grove Baptist Church in Danville, Va., serving as a member of the Trustee Ministry, Christian Education Director and Scholarship Committee Leader, Coordinator of the Vacation Bible School Mission Project, as well as various auxiliaries within the church. She was also a very active member of the Alpha Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association of Ringgold, Va.

Those left to cherish her memories are her brother, Robert Diggs (Maxine) of Gretna, Va.; two nieces, LaShawnda Diggs Strambler (Christopher) of Bowie, Md. and Shannon Diggs of Richmond, Va.; her great-nephews and -niece, Asa Clark and Ashton Brown of Gretna, Chrislan Strambler of Bowie, Md.; her extended family, Irene McCabe and Nathalie Johnson of Hayes, Va., Leslie C. Willis (Wilnet) of Mathews, Leslie Willis-Mazes and her children, Amanda and Christopher Mazes of Richmond, Sandra Spencer (Robert) of Gloucester, Va.; adopted nieces, Dr. Tenielle Walker of Alexandria, Va., and Ebony Brown of Gretna, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Due to the prediction of the weather, the Diggs family has postponed the funeral service until a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Camp Grove Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 400 Bradley Road, Danville, Va. 24540 or the Danville-Pittsylvania County Sickle Cell Anemia Association, 308 Craighead St., Danville, Va. 24541-1470.

Miller Funeral Home, Gretna, is in charge of the arrangements.