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Mable Rigmaiden

29 mai 193231 mai 2021

Mable Rigmaiden, age 89, of Westlake, Louisiana passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021. Mable was born May 29, 1932 to Turner Rigmaiden and Beulah Perkins Rigmaiden.

Mable was a lifelong resident of Westlake. She was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. John Bosco Catholic Church. She was an extremely dedicated Catholic and contributed to the Church by being a CCD Teacher and she was an usher for many years.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Alma Garrick (Darrow) from Vallejo, CA., Rita Keith from Los Angeles, CA., and Sadie Coleman (Joseph); brothers, Herbert Rigmaiden and Raymond Rigmaiden both of Sulphur; daughters, Betty Lang from Aurora, CO., Patricia Jones-Bell, Ella Buckley (Melvin), and Beverly Dorris (Jason) all from Westlake; sons, Joseph Jones Jr. from Sulphur, Charles Jones (Christine) from Dequincy, and Floyd Jones from Westlake; grandchildren, Santana Cezar (Jessie) and Kayla Ortega (Nelson) both of Houston, TX., Samantha Deveaux of Lake Charles, Stephanie Deveaux of Westlake, Cody Jones of Dequincy, and Deborah Dorris of Lake Charles; great grandchildren, Gabrielle and Savanna Cezar of Houston, TX., Cayden and Cainan Richard of Lake Charles, Haddie Jo Jones of Dequincy, and Carolynne Dorris of Lake Charles; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Turner and Beulah Perkins Rigmaiden; brothers, Herman Rigmaiden and Edward Lee Rigmaiden; daughter, Caroline Jones; sister, Willie Mae Tezeno; and Sons-in-Law, Bruce Bell and Milton Simmons.

Visitation will be held at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake on Friday, June 11, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 9:15 a.m. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be held at the Church on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be immediately following at Rigmaiden Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rigmaiden family.


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Mable Rigmaiden


Carolyn Peters

10 juin , 2021

To: The Family of Mrs. Mable Rigmaiden

From: Concern Citizens Of Mossville

To the bereaved family members of Mrs. Mable Rigmaiden, CCOM sadly sends our condolences and love to you, for your loss.
May God Bless all of you, and know that Mrs. Rigmaiden will be extremely missed, for her presence and her contribution to the community.

Remember, “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot bare.” Trust and lean on God, for He is a present Help in the time of trouble.” God has a compassionate heart, for the broken hearted.

Carolyn Peters
President, CCOM

Margie Vicknair-Pray

10 juin , 2021

Although I didn't know Mable personally, I honor her for her groundsetting work to bring the poisoning of Louisiana and her people to attention of the nation. She was a brave person, taking on industries that, to this day, control and own our government officials and seek only to fulfill their insatiable greed at the expense of the people of Louisiana.
God bless you, Mable. May you walk in the beauty of Jesus Christ forever.

Michael Tritico

10 juin , 2021

Mable Rigmaiden was a historic person in the environmental/public health/justice struggle in Louisiana. In 1969 she passed a petition in her neighborhood, Willow Springs, and presented it to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury asking for help because the fumes from open pits of hazardous wastes were sickening people and animals. The Police Jury worse than just ignored Mable, they sided with the culprits.

Several years later, more neighborhoods had become sickened and all had banded together to fight for their lives. The Willow Springs controversy pre-dated Love Canal, Times Beach, and other famous neighborhood fights. In Louisiana, it was the first grassroots uprising and brought into the public conversation terms like "hazardous waste" and "aquifer,"

The people of Willow Springs went to Bayou Sorrell to show solidarity with the people of that community after a young man died emptying his father's hazardous waste tanker truck into a pit just as was happening in Willow Springs. The people of Bayou Sorrell came to Willow Springs for a motorcade that ended when 9 State Police cars blocked the way into the hazardous waste site.

The old king of Calcasieu Parish, Sheriff Ham Reid, came to the aid of the people when no other public official would do so. His crime lab verified the existence of synthetic toxic chemicals in the pits and nearby drinking water wells - breaking open the controversy to the point that other politicians began to scramble. Incumbents were defeated.

Industry panicked. The various neighborhoods joined together and formed the Lousiana Environmental Action Network.

None of that would have happened had not one courageous woman stood up in 1969 and for all the decades since then. Mable Rigmaiden Jones is a true hero who saved not only many lives in Calcasieu Parish but throughout Lousiana, the United States, and likely in many other places worldwide.