Diana Blackwell Polk

Diana D.

(Blackwell) Polk

EAST MOLINE- Diana D. (Blackwell) Polk, 69, of East Moline, IL, died Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, IL. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, Ltd., East Moline, with the Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Donald Levitt will lead the rosary. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – until the start of her funeral services at 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke CME Church in Champaign, IL on Friday, December 28, 2012 with burial following at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign.

Diana was born in Decatur, Alabama, the daughter of Herman and Ruth (Ewing) Blackwell. She earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the Senior Executive Reference Librarian for John Deere and Company for 26 years, retiring in 2000.

She was actively involved in her community, serving on the board of the Rock Island County Health Dept., Chairman of the board of directors for Project NOW, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and President of the Quad City Negro Heritage Society.

She is survived by her son, Henry, East Moline, brothers, Robert (Carolyn) Blackwell, Springfield, IL, Victor (Kim) Blackwell, Chicago, IL, sisters, Dorothy (Dejustice) Coleman, Milwaukee, WI, Doris (Stanley) Butts, Champaign, IL, Wilma Julia Conwell, Cleveland, OH, Clara Jean (Samuel) Johnson, Decatur, AL, Mable Blackwell, Chicago, Ave Maria Blackwell Alvarado, Champaign, IL, and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Duane Wesley Blackwell and William Nelson Blackwell.

Cards and Condolences may be left for the family at St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. 5th Street, Champaign, IL 61820 or sent via e-mail to Kemet418@yahoo.com.