Betty Jean Diggs, 61

Social Security official

March 09, 2007

Betty Jean Diggs, a Social Security Administration worker, died in her sleep March 1 at Mercy Medical Center two days after undergoing knee replacement surgery. The Gwynn Oak resident was 61.

Born Betty Jean Davis in Baltimore and raised on Alto Road, she was a 1963 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School and attended what is now Coppin State University.

She joined the federal agency in 1968 and worked at Woodlawn and at its downtown office in numerous positions -- last as a technician in the agency's Division of Employer Services.

Mrs. Diggs was a founding member of New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was an usher and trustee.

She was a tenpin bowler and reader of mysteries and Christian literature.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Timothy's Christian Baptist Church, 4005 Groveland Ave.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Herman L. Diggs, who is retired from the Marine Corps; her mother, Vashti Pittman Davis of Pikesville; five brothers, Willie Davis Jr. and Leonard Davis, both of Randallstown, Joseph Davis of Hanover, Pa., Paul Davis of Baltimore and Joenathan Davis of Willingboro, N.J.; five sisters, Donnie Oats and Vashti Pullum, both of Woodmoor, Effie Washington of Woodstock and Cordella Keys and Melinda Yarbrough, both of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

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