Friday, October 24, 2008

My Grandpa Bill......


Well it is 5 in the morning and I just got the news an hour ago that turned my world upside down, the call you always hope never comes, but unfortunetately today I was awaken by a call from my mom letting me know my grandpa riggs had passed away. He had fallen out of his wheel chair two days ago while in the garden and had broken his neck, we had no idea that would lead to his passing. My grandfather was a humble, loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa. He was dedicated to serving the Lord every chance he could. I am so thankful that I was able to spend some of his birthday with him the other day, I hope he knows how much myself and my husband appreciate him and love him.


I couldn't bring myself to post this yesterday because I couldn't stop crying.


Here is the obituary in the paper:


William A. (Bill) Riggs
Riggs, William A. (Bill) 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away October 24, 2008 in Phoenix. He was born on October 20, 1928 in Durango, CO to Henry Sears and Bessie Riggs. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1947. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He enjoyed work as a farmer, growing melons and cotton and working with cattle. Bill was employed by Cardon Oil and LeSueur Ginning Co. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved attending the Temple and singing in the church choir. Bill enjoyed gardening and had a love for animals. We cherished the time we spent together and we will greatly miss our husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dail Riggs; and sisters: Vonnie Smith and Roberta Clark. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Riggs; children: Sandra Leonard (Richard), Kent Riggs (Terri), Craig Riggs (Vicki) and Scott Riggs (Cyndy), all of Mesa; brother, Thomas Riggs, of Mesa; 20 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Monday October 27, 2008 from 6-8:00 PM at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald in Mesa. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior at the LDS Church building, 1852 N. Stapley Dr. in Mesa. Interment will follow at the City of Mesa Cemetery.

6 comments:

Nelson Family said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa Riggs, he was loved by so many of you and will be greatly missed!

Chelsey Howard said...

Sorry Candice:( He sounds like an amazing person! Love you, let me know if you need anything!

The Gotzingers said...

So Sorry Candice!! You guys are in my prayers. Hang in there!!

Hiatt Family said...

I am so sorry for your loss Candice. I should have said something to you when I saw you the other night. I hope the funeral went well. You & your family are in my prayers.

Jazz and Rod said...

Jiggs! I can't believe I'm reading this post! So sorry for your loss babe, I know it's hard but what a relief to know you'll be with him again! He was an AWESOME man - even if he did cheat at dominoes every chance he got. jk! Call me if you need to chat! Love ya girl!

Mrs. Jones said...

hey candace. this is my first time @ your blog, so sorry to catch such news.