Diana Marie Pillars

Diana Marie Pillars, age 82, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Quincy, IL. She was born in Quincy, IL on March 12, 1942, a daughter of Elmer Alex and Edna M. (Briscoe) Stewart. She married Henry Pillars, Jr. on August 20, 1960, in Central Baptist Church in Quincy, IL. He preceded her in death on November 25, 1988.

Diana graduated from Quincy High School. She worked as a housekeeper at Chaddock School and ran an in-home daycare before working as a switchboard operator at Quincy Medical Group before retiring in 2000.

In her later years, Diana cherished time spent with her loved ones, doting on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She also adored her pet dogs, treating them like family. Diana loved to be surrounded by flowers and enjoyed listening to music, especially Elvis Presley.

Diane is survived by her children: Gary (Patricia) Pillars of Colorado Springs, CO; Michael (Pamela) Pillars of Fowler, IL; Dave (Rose) Pillars of Quincy, IL; and Victoria Pillars of Theodore, AL. Her siblings: Mary Boyd; Edna Mae (Tom) Walker; and Elmer Alex Stewart, Jr. Her grandchildren: Heather (Douglas) Ducote; Kristen (Garrett Frainksain) Pillars; Jennifer (Trevor) Springer; Chad (Jennifer) Pillars; and Brandon (Leann) Pillars. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Brayden and Morgan Pillars; Shane Pillars and Gwenevere, Ophelia and Cirilla. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband, Diana was preceded by an infant brother, William Stewart.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service to be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Greenmount Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Quincy Humane Society or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.
Services arrangements are with Duker and Haugh Funeral Home


  1. Mike Fletcher on April 15, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    I cannot express enough how sad this is. Your mom was my second mom. I always loved being over at your house hanging out, eating dinners. I truly miss those days. Your mom and dad were the best.

  2. Diana and Jeff Hirt on April 16, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    Our deepest sympathies Dave and Rose. We will keep you in our prayers.

  3. Jeff & Joanne (Powers) Bergman on April 17, 2024 at 11:37 am

    To Diana’s entire family I am so sorry for your loss. I worked switchboard with her a few times at the clinic. She was a very sweet, soft spoken lady. May she rest in peace. Joanne (Powers) Bergman 🙏

  4. Mike and Connie Cooley on April 18, 2024 at 12:34 am

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you, your Mom was a very sweet person. Our whole family so enjoyed all the times we use to spend with all of your family when you boys and our boys were younger

    • Becky Pillars on April 18, 2024 at 10:16 am

      To Gary, Mike, Dave n Vicky and families
      My deepest sympathy to all of you.
      Your mother was the kindest
      dearest lady and I was fortunate to
      have worked with her at Quincy
      Medical Group in the Telecommun
      ications Dept.
      May God bless you and may your sweet mother rest in peace.

  5. June winking on April 21, 2024 at 2:02 pm

    RIP Diana. Remember you well from Winkings Market while you and your family lived in the neighborhood. Remember meeting you and your sister about a year ago at Village Inn.
    Prayers for you and your family.

  6. Denise Williams on April 22, 2024 at 10:40 am

    So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She babysat our daughter Holly for years. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Doug & Denise Willams

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