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Dorothy Riggins

January 4, 1925 -
April 16, 2021

Dorothy Arlene Riggins of Castle Rock, CO (formerly of Oakland and Newman, IL) passed away peacefully at her Assured Assisted Living home on April 16, 2021.

Dorothy was born in Savoy, IL on January 4, 1925 to Raymond and Eva (Castor) Wright. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl William Riggins, her parents R…read more

Dorothy Arlene Riggins of Castle Rock, CO (formerly of Oakland and Newman, IL) passed away peacefully at her Assured Assisted Living home on April 16, 2021.

Dorothy was born in Savoy, IL on January 4, 1925 to Raymond and Eva (Castor) Wright. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl William Riggins, her parents Raymond and Eva Wright, brother Ernie Wright (Vera), sisters Wilma Lane (Jack) and Jennie Cain (Norman), and daughter Linda Riggins Short.

Dorothy is survived by her son Steve Riggins (Ellen) of Dryden, Ontario Canada; daughter Judy Riggins Whalen (Jim) of Castle Rock, CO; granddaughters Tiffany Whalen and Mindy Whalen Heller (Reid) both of Castle Rock, CO; grandson David Riggins (Alyssa) of Papillion, NE; great grandchildren Dustin Riggins (Shawna) of Coralville, IA, Kirsten Riggins of Kearney, NE, Ainsley and Layton Heller of Castle Rock, CO; and great-great grandson Miles Riggins of Coralville, IA.

Dorothy married her high school sweetheart Earl Riggins in May 1947 upon Earl’s return from WWII as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking. They spent their lives as active members of the USS Indianapolis Survivors Group, attending reunions and being involved in the organization’s leadership. Dorothy and Earl remained happily married until Earl’s passing in February 2012, not quite making it to their 65th wedding anniversary. Dorothy was a quintessential farmer’s wife/mother/grandmother/great-grandmother raising her 3 children, tending a large garden, canning fruits and vegetables, and cooking for the family and work crews. She loved her Illinois farm life and “good old fashioned” country living. Dorothy and Earl shared a passion for Quarter horses and were active members in the AQHA and ILQHA. They showed/trained horses for many years and developed numerous great friendships through their showing experiences. Later in life, their love of horses continued, and they spent several years trail riding with friends.

Dorothy moved to Colorado in 2012 with her daughter Judy and family. She enjoyed many new experiences with the mountains, hikes, wildlife, and spending time with her granddaughters and great granddaughters. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Staff at Assured Assisted Living for their loving care of Dorothy and Bristol Hospice for their specialized attention and family services.

A visitation will be held at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy, IL on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm central time. Please feel free to wear casual attire. Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Steve and Ellen Riggins will be unable to attend and send their regrets to family and friends. Additionally, the visitation will have capacity restraints and rotations may be required. Masks will also be required.

Donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

 

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Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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