Sheila Diann Riggs

February 5, 1971September 6, 2018

East Peoria - Sheila Diann Riggs, 47, of East Peoria, passed away on Sept. 6, 2018 in Peoria.

Born on February 5, 1971 in Peoria, to Richard and Judy (Stewart) Thomas. She married George Michael Riggs on September 22, 1990 in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her parents of Canton, daughter Sadie Diann Riggs who still lives at home; brother, Richard Thomas Jr. of Peoria, her best friend and cousin, Shelby Witherbee of St. Peters, MO; best friend and sister-in-law, Lisa Lee; best friend and neighbor, Kathy Spellious; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Lottie (Barron) Stewart, Harvey and Ramona (Andrews) Armbruster and Larry A. Thomas, her son Joseph Michael Riggs, her cousin Angie (Stewart) Hackett, who as young children were cohorts in everything. What one didn't think of the other one did.

She loved Disney. She and her family made two trips to Disney World. She loved Mickey Mouse and would order her Hallmark Disney ornaments in July, making sure to get what she wanted. She was quick witted and sharp tongued, a personality trait that she inherited from her mother and which sometimes got her into trouble. Her pat reply - " I was just Kidding."

In January 2006 she began her battle with cancer. The chemo that was meant to save her life had damaged her heart and immune system and life became a struggle and she became a hero to her mother.

A visitation will be Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Rev. Dennis Owens will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

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  • Richard Thomas, Father
  • Judy (Stewart) Thomas, Mother
  • George Michael Riggs, Husband
  • Sadie Diann Riggs, Daughter
  • Richard Thomas Jr., Brother
  • Shelby Witherbee, Best friend and Cousin
  • Lisa Lee, Best friend and Sister-in-Law
  • Kathy Spellious, Best friend and Neighbor
  • ~ many ~, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
  • She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Lottie (Barron) Stewart, Harvey and Ramona (Andrews) Armbruster and Larry A. Thomas, her son Joseph Michael Riggs and her cousin Angie (Stewart) Hackett.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sheila Diann Riggs

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Loren Johnson

September 11, 2018

Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family on your loss. I did not know Sheila, nor did she know me. But, I was a patient in the room next to her in the CVICU Ward at Methodist Hospital. I would like you to know that when her alarm for Code Blue came in, EVERYONE in that ward, and those available on the floor, IMMEDIATELY rushed to her aid. I know it is very, very difficult to lose any loved one, but I hope the information contained herein can provide you with some comfort in knowing the medical staff did everything they absolutely could. May God Bless!!!

Pam Wooden

September 9, 2018

Our hearts are broken and a piece will always be gone. From the moment Sheila came into our lives, we loved her. She will never be forgotten. She has left so many marks behind. Love, Aunt Pam and Uncle Greg

Liz Levin

September 7, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Sheila. Sheila always had a smile on her face. We worked together at Sam's Club and I always looked forward to working with her. We only hung out a few times outside of work but she was always a joy to be around, no matter what she was dealing with. She will be missed.