Diane Bigley


The Rev. Diane Bigley, 47, of Hillsboro died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Hillsboro Area Hospital.

Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Randy Reese, the Rev. Ralph Ward, and Pastor Richard Small officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Horse Creek Cemetery, Pawnee.

Born Nov. 13, 1963, at Springfield, she was a daughter of Wayne and Eleanor (Mounce) Pickett. She graduated with the class of 1981 at Pleasant Plains High School. She married the Rev. David Bigley July 11, 1992, at Springfield, and he survives.

The Rev. Bigley was directing pastor of the Montgomery County Good Shepherd Parish and directing pastor of the United Methodist Churches of Hillsboro, Irving, Witt, Fillmore and Coffeen. She had previously worked as a secretary for the Department of Conservation Law Enforcement in Springfield.

She was also a member of Peter Cartwright Parish in Pleasant Plains. Her family says she loved children.

In addition to her husband at Hillsboro, she is survived by a son, Noah Choi David Bigley of Hillsboro; her mother at Pleasant Plains; a sister, Rhonda Pickett of Norcross, GA; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tracy and Arlene Bigley of Jefferson, IA; and many friends and parishioners that she considered family.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church Pre-school at Hillsboro, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.