Dr. Delilia Lorraine Anderson Diggs was born March 7, 1949 in Temple, Texas to Learen and Frances C. Anderson. She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors from Dunbar High School in 1967. That same year she was designated as Betty Crocker’s Homemaker of the Year and voted most likely to succeed by her class. In 1971 she was selected as who’s who among college and university students and graduated that same year suma cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Prairie View A&M university. In 1975 she graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and in 1979 earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oklahoma State University.
As an educator Delilia was also involved in various social community based programs. Those most dear to her were Legacy members of the Delta Sigma Theta Prairie View A&M chapter and Family and Consumer Sciences Association. Her need to support others through charitable contributions included The Wounded Warrior Program, St. Jude Hospital, USO of America, The Salvation Army and the West Texas Food Bank.
Raised in a Christian home, Delilia embraced the Lord and the teachings of the church at a very early age. She joined Eight Street Baptist Church and was baptized by Rev. Trammel. As a member of Eight Street Baptist Church, she participated in numerous programs to include the Youth Choir, Girls Auxiliary and Junior Ushers to name a few. As a young lady she joined Antioch Baptist Church under Reverend John Westbrook and was a faithful member involved in various programs. After relocating to West Texas, she joined Mount Bethel Baptist Church under Reverend Ernest Wilson and was a faithful member until she relocated to Midland/ Odessa where she attended various churches. In her later years unable to attend church as she once did, she continued her daily bible readings and watched T.D. Jakes daily. Her love of the Lord and her faith continued and in her passing was at peace with her faith.
In 1971 Delilia and her childhood friend, Kenneth J Diggs were married. This union didn’t produce any children and despite their divorce they remained lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her beloved maternal grandparents, Wille and Beulah Lee Secrett, Julius and Effie Rodgers, paternal grandparents David and Pearl Anderson, parents Learen and Frances C. Anderson, Sister and Brother-in law Brenda J. and SFC Lee T. Rorie.
She leaves to mourn one sister, Sheridan L. Anderson of Big Spring, Texas, Two aunts, Julia Anna “ Kismet” Rodgers of Tucson, Arizona and Ski Anderson of Newport, Rhode Island, One nephew, Thomas D. Rorie (Lillie) of Temple, Texas, one niece, Dr. Michelle Y. Rorie of Nashville, Tennessee plus a host of cousins and friends.
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