Connie Diamond, 74, Columbus, Neb.: Dec. 7, 1942 – Feb. 21, 2017

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Connie Jo Diamond, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Cottonwood House, Columbus, Neb. She was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Lawrence, Kan., to Maurice Jr. and Marita L. (Brewer) Lee.

She graduated from Lyndon High School in Lyndon, Kan., and completed tech training in accounting and computers.

Connie married Lloyd S. Diamond on March 30, 1962, in Quenemo, Kan.

She lived in a number of towns and states with the longest being in Topeka, Kan. She worked as a desktop publisher for Josten’s Printing and Publishing for 14 years until retiring in 2002. In April of 2014, the couple moved to Columbus. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the YMCA. Connie enjoyed travelling, cooking and raising roses.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd S. Diamond, of Columbus; two sons, Daniel E. (Geneva) Diamond, Albany, Ga., and David L. (Lauri) Diamond, Columbus; grandson, Eric J. Diamond, Omaha, Neb.; granddaughter, Melissa Diamond, Omaha; brother, Richard A. (Kelly) Lee, Topeka; three nieces, Krista Gentry, Lawrence, Karla Meadors, Silver Lake, Kan., and Samantha Loughlin, Dallas, Texas, and her beloved pet Pepper.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 562 17th Ave., Columbus, with Reverend Ross Burkhalter officiating. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at McKown Funeral Home, 2922 13th St., Columbus. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the funeral home. Visitation continues 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery, Columbus.

Memorials may be directed to the Paws and Claws Adoption Program or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at

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