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OBITUARY

Rachel Riggs

October 9, 1926October 22, 2019
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Rachel Navratil Riggs died October 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Texas. She left for her heavenly home at the age of 93 years and 13 days old. She was born on October 9, 1926 in Nacogdoches, Texas to the parents, Charles L. Navratil and Carrie Bell Sumblin Navratil who passed away when she was eight years old. She then went to live with her mother’s sister, Maggie Roberts.

Her mother provided piano and dance lessons in tap and ballet, kept her hair curled like Shirley Temple, and bought her a beautiful miniature white dog she named Foxy. When her aunt and uncle moved to Pasadena, she would be educated and graduated from Pasadena High School, Pasadena, Texas. After graduation she worked in Texas City, Texas. Later in life she worked for eleven years at the United States Post Office in Pasadena, Texas until she retired to care for her Aunt Maggie.

You found a blessing when you met this special lady who loved and walked with her Lord in his word. Galatians 5:22 fruits of the spirit guided her life. Her many trials of life were faced with Philippians 4:1, as she did all things through Christ which strengthened her. She was positive, loving, caring, and giving. She was raised in an Assembly of God church.

When she met Joe Riggs, he was working in Texas City, Texas. He smoked, drank liquor, and was not going to church. By the time they married, he had stopped smoking, drinking, and was attending church with her.

She had two girls and twin boys within three years and four months. She handled all the household chores, the cooking of meals, making homemade ice cream, canning of fruits, handling the money with Joe’s lead, however, she never sewed although her father was a tailor and had his own store. Joe became good at hemming his own pants and sewing on the machine he had bought for her. She walked everywhere until Joe taught her to drive after their children were in elementary school.

She loved her family and the home her husband, Joe Earl Riggs, Jr., built. As the years went by, the land was filled with pear, pecan, fig, and lemon trees that brought birds, squirrels, cats, possums, raccoons, rabbits, a ferret, a hen, dogs, and a pond once holding large gold fish. The yard was a forest of plants and flowers from various colored roses and azaleas, purple wisteria, four o’clocks, hibiscus, ligustrum, and many others. They both loved all of God’s creation. She was as happy as Joe when her husband’s garden of tomatoes and okra were harvested. Each season, canning would begin with pears and figs and even watermelon. As she aged she enjoyed looking out the windows and seeing all the green, birds, and squirrels. Her many cats over the years provided humor and wonderful joy to her inside the house.

Her door was always open to repeat visits from family and friends who would just drop in. Dessert and coffee were always available. As her children grew and left home she would meet elderly widowed ladies. She would help them and they would become part of the family. She had a servant heart. She did not sit idle. Even when she aged and could not stand or help you, she always ask, “Isn’t there something I should be doing?”

All who loved her dearly will never forget her genuine grace, sweetness, love, and giving heart. Many thanks to the wonderful caregivers who cared for our precious mother while needing hospice care.

She is survived by four children, daughter, Jo Ann Wingert (husband Barry) of Cypress, Texas, daughter, Judy Riggs of Webster, Texas, and twin sons, Joe Riggs of Magnolia, Texas, and Earl Riggs (wife Avola) of Pearland, Texas, grandchildren, Rachel Voyles (husband John, their twin children Madelyn and Noah) of Pearland, Texas and grandson, Mark Wilson (wife Belinda and two sons, Marshall and Micah) of Tomball, Texas, niece, Carrie Prince (husband Randy and son Austin and daughter Amanda) of Groves, Texas, and nephew, John Henry of Nederland, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joe Earl Riggs, Jr and sister, Mrs. Charles Ann Henry.

Please join us in celebrating her life Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the 11:30 a.m. service at Pasadena Funeral Home, 2203 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a no kill shelter for cats and dogs of your choice.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Laid To Rest Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Memories

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Jill Maupin

October 28, 2019

Dear Jo Ann and family,
Clay and I are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

We love you,
Jill & Clay Maupin

Linda Dobbs

October 26, 2019

JoAnn, Judy, Earl & Joe:

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She was a sweet, sweet lady, and she and her husband raised 4 wonderful children. I've known the Riggs family since I was a teenager and each of them, especially my dear friend JoAnn, has been a blessing.
May God comfort you all at this time.

Love and Prayers,
Linda Dobbs

Alison Hernandez

October 24, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss! May her life be a blessing. Hugs to you and your family.

Alison Hernandez

Ken Freedman

October 24, 2019

Dear Joann,

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May her memory be a blessing.

Best,

Ken

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Biography

Celebrating the Life of Rachel Navratil Riggs born on October 9, 1926 in Nacogdoches, Texas where she lived until the early 1940’s.

Her parents were Charles L. Navratil and Carrie Bell Sumblin Navratil. She graduated from Pasadena High School, Pasadena, Texas.

After graduation she began working for a bank in Texas City, Texas. In Pasadena, Texas, she married and stayed at home with her four children. In the mid 1960’s she worked at the United States Post Office for eleven years where she retired. After retirement she was involved in helping her ailing aunt and various elderly widows.

She attended the Assembly of God church in her youth and Elim Church in her later years. She believed in God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. She read her Bible and walked as the Lord commanded.

Thanks to her special friends, Betty Clowers and Judy Parker who visited her.

Her favorite hobby was cooking and caring for family. Her favorite music was Jim Reeves and the Gaither Vocal Band.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joe Earl Riggs, Jr., sister, Mrs. Charles Ann Henry, nephew, Neal Wayne Henry.

She is survived by four children, daughter, Jo Ann Wingert (husband Barry) of Cypress, Texas, daughter, Judy Riggs of Webster, Texas, and twin sons, Joe Riggs of Magnolia, Texas, and Earl Riggs (wife Avola) of Pearland, Texas; two grandchildren Rachel Voyles (husband John) and grandson, Mark Wilson (wife Belinda) of Tomball, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Noah Voyles and Marshall and Micah Wilson; niece, Carrie Prince (husband Randy) of Groves, Texas, nephew, John Henry of Nederland, Texas; great-nephew, Austin Prince of Dallas, Texas and great-niece Amanda Prince of Groves, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CAP – Citizens for Animal Protection or a No-Kill shelter of your choice.