Visitation: 4-8 PM January 6, 2015 @ Titzer Family Funeral Home~Newburgh Chapel & from 9 until service time at the church
Services: January 7, 2015 10 AM at Newburgh United Methodist Church
Surrounded by her family, Sally Ann Kincaid Diaz went to be with the Lord at 6:48 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015. Born August 9, 1935, in Evansville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Raymond J. and Dorothy J. (Peck) Kincaid. She graduated in 1953 from Bosse High School, where she wrote for the newspaper and yearbook and was editor of The School Spirit.
After graduation, Sally went to work for The Evansville Press at the age of 17. During her early years reporting for The Press, she developed a full page of news about Evansville's "Teen Scene," which became a weekly feature. She recalled her years writing for the Scripps-Howard newspaper as "a fascinating job that allowed me many exciting opportunities, such as the chance to interview nationally syndicated columnist Ann Landers; actor James Arness, who portrayed Sheriff Matt Dillon on the television favorite "Gunsmoke"; and the editor of The Times of London, England, to name a few." In addition to writing for the paper, Sally took news photographs, many of which were sent by wire service for use in other newspapers. After her first child was born, she continued working as a correspondent for the newspaper, covering Warrick County singlehandedly for many years.
After 22 years of writing for The Press, Sally served from 1976 to 1991 as Clerk Treasurer of Newburgh, Indiana, where she moved with her family in 1952 and resided for the remainder of her life. During her years as Clerk-Treasurer, she made many improvements in the efficiency of the office and worked diligently to get the Newburgh Town Hall (now Preservation Hall) on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, she secured grant funding for the restoration of the building's bell tower. She was awarded the Key to the Town of Newburgh on December 13, 1987, and was designated a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest distinction in Indiana, by Governor Robert D. Orr in February 1988. She was recognized by Historic Newburgh, Inc., in May 2008 for her many years of dedicated service at a special reception in her honor.
An active member of Newburgh United Methodist Church since the late 1960s, Sally served as a trustee and was on the building committee when the church moved from East Jennings Street to its current location on Old State Road 261. She served as President of the Newburgh Elementary School PTA and helped to organize reunions for her Bosse class - a task she greatly enjoyed until failing health no longer allowed it. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
One of the accomplishments of which Sally was most proud was getting her book, Child of the Spanish Civil War, published in 2010. The book is based on her husband's childhood experiences growing up in the war-torn Spain of the 1930s through his arrival at Ellis Island as a child refugee.
Without a doubt, Sally's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, of whom she was so very proud. In addition to her parents, her brother, Thomas R. Kincaid, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Luis S. Diaz; her children, David R. (Deborah) Diaz, M.D., of Fishers, Indiana, and Kathryn A. (John) DiDomizio, of Evansville, Indiana; seven grandchildren; sisters-in law Phyllis Kincaid, of Newburgh, and Lola Cortadas, of Gers, France; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her grandchildren include Sarah (Chris) Marra, of Indianapolis; Stephen Diaz, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Kara, Kristina, Kathleen, Grant, and Garrett DiDomizio, of Evansville.
The family wishes to express special gratitude to the staff of Newburgh Health Care Center for their loving care, as well as representatives of Heritage Hospice for their compassionate support.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 SR 261, Newburgh, IN with the Rev. Chris Nunley presiding. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Titzer Family Funeral Home, Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St. Newburgh, IN. Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday morning 9 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Newburgh United Methodist Church or Historic Newburgh, Inc.