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Catherine Louise Riggle Obituary


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“To the Riggle Family, The Board of Directors and nearly 175 players of Nebraska Senior Softball offer our condolences on the loss of your beloved...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Nebraska Senior Softball - NE

“Bill and Family, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother but we couldn't help but marvel at the obviously full life Catherine had and...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Chuck Grubb - Papillion, NE

“I enjoyed all the years we worked together at the VSU library. She was always so friendly and cheerful. My prayers are with the family. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Anne Brown - Lake Park, GA

“Peg and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. The stories you have shared paint a picture of a lively witty Southern lady who...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Donna McGee - Houston, TX

“wonderful obituary, speaks volumns. A very nice lady I know you will miss. Love to you & your family pat callaway ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Pat Callaway - Houston, TX

“Dear Betty and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know it is hard to bear and you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. ...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Sunny Williams - Manor, TX

“You are in our thoughts and prayers ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Rex and Lisa Baldwin - Valdosta, GA

“What a wonderful and fulfilling life your mother led. You must have been very proud of her. My heartfelt condolences to your family. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Brenda Cornish - Houston, TX

“To Kay Sarah and all the family, My deepest Sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person and I use to enjoy talking to me and...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Rosa Folsom

“You are in our prayers and thoughts. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Dr. Samuel and Lula Clemons - GA

“Mary and family, your mother was a wonderful person. I always loved saying hello to Cahterine every time I saw her at the Literary Guild or...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Joyce and George Aigen - GA

“Mrs Riggle was a classy southern lady. Everyday she was dressed with heels, pearls, dress, and stockings for her walks around the circle. I enjoyed...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Phyllis Smith Kassum - Valdosta, GA

“Dearest Nannie, You gave me so many happy childhood memories. Coming to your house was always my favorite vacation. I remember walking the circle...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Ellen Strapp - Houston, TX

“Ezra and Family, I am saddened to hear of Nannie's passing. After looking at the pictures and videos that Ezra shared, I felt like I almost know...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Beverly Norwood - Athens, GA

“Mary - the beautiful obituary brought tears to my eyes. I loved spending time with your mother at Baha'i Summer School every year, but I had no idea...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Sherry Schwabacher - Fayetteville, GA

“My thoughts are for the young Catherine I knew back in the thirties when there were three neighbors on Hwy 71, Bunyards, Riggles, and Townsend. My...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: W.C. Townsend - Alexandria, AL

“Aunt Catherine will be missed by all who knew her. She was always so kind and thoughtful to me, I will always remember her with love in my heart. ...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: David and Jeanie Bunyard - Mena, AR

“Mary, Thinking of you during this time. May God give you peace for today and all the days ahead of you. It is never easy to say goodbye to those we...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Zeigler - Lake Park, GA

“I knew Catherine for the past few years but I enjoyed spending time with her. My prayers for Catherine and her family. Valerie Fawcett ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Valerie Fawcett - Valdosta, GA

“Dear Mary and family, We know words cannot touch what you feel, but we wanted you to know how much you and your mother have meant to us and what...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Susan Braun and Carol Feibush - GA

“Catherine was a helpful and friendly staff person at the library of Valdosta State University. I talked with her in the library and at other campus...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Ann Smith - Valdosta, GA

“Catherine had a long and rewarding life. I was honored to share part of it at Odum Library at VSU. Arlene and I send our deepest sympathy to the...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Dr. George Gaumond - Valdosta, GA


Catherine Louise Bunyard Riggle was born in Morrilton, AR on October 10, 1921 to Edna Cleo Wallace Bunyard and George Washington Bunyard. She was the second child of 7 children. She graduated Acorn High School as valedictorian. Her mother died unexpectedly when Catherine was 18. Soon after, she married her sweetheart and neighbor, Benjamin Bertrand Riggle, in Mena, AR. They took in her youngest surviving siblings and raised them. After her husband's stint in the European WWII theater, Catherine became a military wife. All but her last two children were born at different Air Force bases. She often had to manage the household alone in strange places and deal with the different lifestyles. She often told stories about adjusting to Japan. Many people here have heard her story of getting six young children to Japan by herself, and then on the return trip, Ben losing the passports. Once Ben was stationed at Moody Air Force Base in 1965, it was discovered he had a heart condition, and they retired here. In 1971, Ben died of a heart attack. Alone with her last three children still at home, she began her career as a librarian at Valdosta State College. She began as a door checker. Over the next 30 years, she worked in archives, microfilm, microfiche, photocopying, over dues, shelving and circulation. She trained over 30 staff and 600 students. She was well loved by her colleagues and was the go-to person for many university staff and professors. Catherine was also active in the Valdosta community. She served several positions in the Valdosta Literary Guild. She volunteered every week in the then Valdosta Junior High library and as a Pink Lady in the medical library at South Georgia Medical Center. She had numerous friends. She held weekly Friday movies and Wednesday spaghetti dinners, often filling her house with more than 20 people. Every year for close to 20 years, she took a trip to different parts of the world with her good friend June Eager. Even though her dementia circumscribed her activities and eventually took her life, it never dimmed her brilliant intellect or her wonderful sense of humor. She is survived by her children and their spouses—Barbara and James Easterly, Washington, DC; Sarah and Kay Riggle, Valdosta, GA; Linda Zager Riggle, Valdosta, GA; Margaret and Richard Crider, Houston, TX; Mary C. Freelove, Valdosta, GA; William Joseph and Roberta Riggle, Omaha, NE and Elizabeth J. Riggle, Austin, TX—one brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Fredda Bunyard, Gainesville, TX; sisters-in-law, Anne Bunyard, DeQueen, AR, Kitty Riggle, Riverside, CA and Dot Riggle, Mena, AR. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is predeceased by her siblings and their spouses: Dale and Liddie Bunyard, Mena, AR, Dale's second wife Pearl Bunyard, Mena, AR; Hal Dean Bunyard, Morrilton, AR; Loweta Bunyard, Morrilton, AR; Jack Wallace Bunyard, DeQueen, AR, and Mary Ellen Bunyard and Will Wilson of Charlotte, NC. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. at St. John The Evangelist Church. Father Dan O'Connell will officiate. Burial will follow at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. A rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Carson McLane Funeral Home with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of South Georgia, the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be made online at www.mclanecares.com.

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