Jeri Pigott

December 17, 1953September 20, 2017

Jeralyn “Jeri” Jayne Pigott December 17, 1953--September 20, 2017 During Jeri’s first week of life there was a blizzard, with miserable cold and vicious winds. During her last week of life Jeri endured yet another hurricane, noisy and threatening. Storms may be relentless, but in between there are lots of sunny moments. Jeri was born with a cheerful disposition and a love of learning new things and seeking new adventures. Life can batter us physically and disappoint us, but Jeri was still looking forward to new experiences despite her health issues. Jeri loved reading, music, arts, quilting, crafts, being helpful, and cooking for other people; keeping up with political news and world events. She wasn’t afraid to speak up. She expected herself and the rest of us to be as perfect as possible. Jeri was born to Russell William and Beverly Hanken Pigott during their senior year at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The family lived in Iowa during her early childhood; then moved to the DeKalb/Sycamore, Illinois area when Russ was offered a position at WLBK Radio. When Jeri’s sister Julie was born, Jeri thought she was her mother, and watched over her all her life. Without her tutoring Julie might not have passed high school math and science. At Sycamore High School Jeri played flute, piccolo, and piano, loved participating in theatre and speech, and became well known in the area for her speeches advocating the 18 year-old vote. Both girls were trained in photography by Russ and loved learning print techniques with him in the darkroom. Jeri and Russ attended her first wrestling meet when she was only six weeks old and shared a love of sports. Jeri took the statistics for Russ’ radio broadcasts. She became such an expert in football that she could almost always guess what the referees were going to call. Jeri fell in love with Michigan State University on her very first visit and went on to earn both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from “State”. Living in Florida, it was a challenge to find Spartan games to watch, but she always cheered loudly enough for people to hear in East Lansing. After her sophomore year of college, Jeri had a life-changing experience through IFYE International Cultural Exchange. After three months of immersive language training in Costa Rica, Jeri lived with a family in a Guatemalan village for a year. She taught cooking and nutrition, and after she located a treadle sewing machine, she also taught sewing and pattern making. She printed a cookbook in Spanish using recipes she developed. Jeri adored living in a large family and close-knit community, and treasured these experiences for the rest of her life. With a taste for travel and international living, Jeri also spent time living and working in both Ecuador and Indonesia. She also worked in Flint, Michigan as an Extension Advisor. All these positions drew on her time in 4-H, and she was a 4-H leader at a young age. As much as Jeri loved Michigan, she disliked its cold weather and snow, and was thrilled to be asked to work for the state of Florida’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. She began in Vero Beach, eventually transitioning into management at several locations throughout West Palm Beach County. Her management style was to encourage and train, throw a lot of parties, and frequently bring in goodies for her staff. Jeri had always admired quilting, after taking her first class was hooked for life. She took great pleasure in creating custom quilts for those she loved, and was always on the hunt for new fabric. Jeri loved to cook and try new recipes. Whenever she was coming to a gathering she always asked what she could bring. She even developed recipes based on WIC foods and distributed them among her WIC clinics. Later in life Jeri developed both diabetes and severe heart disease, and took an early retirement. She moved to Orlando to be near her beloved niece and nephew, Sarah and Matthew Robinson. She had been a doting aunt; now they were able to dote on her. Although she was limited by her health she volunteered when she could as a poll clerk, interpreter, and at Audubon Park Covenant Church. Jeri cherished her Irish roots and in particular this Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Jeri is survived by her mother, Beverly Pigott, sister, Julie (Dennis) Robinson, niece, Sarah Robinson, and nephew Matthew Robinson. Services for Jeri will be held at 4 pm Sunday, October 1 at Audubon Park Covenant Church in Orlando, officiated by Pastor Eric Filkin and Pastor Sarah Robinson. They will be streamed live on the church’s Facebook page, Memorials to: IFYE in care of Don DeWerff 29 Arrowhead Drive Lyons, Kansas 67554 Or: Audubon Park Covenant Church 3219 Chelsea Street Orlando, Florida, 32803


  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Molly Gladding

October 8, 2017

I worked with Jeri for over 10 years and found her to be one of the most dedicated people I have ever known. Her knowledge and compassion were evident to everyone. I too always looked forward to and enjoyed Jeri's Christmas treats. She was so generous and was there for anyone in need. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeri's family. I know that she cherished you

Rocio Granados

October 2, 2017

I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for Jeri as a nutrition educator to then get promoted a couple of times thanks to her support and encouragement. I admire Jeri's extensive knowledge of nutrition and the WIC Program, her Spanish was perfect and her sensitivity to cultural differences was unique. I met Jeri in 2003 when I started my career with the Health Department in Palm Beach County, she will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to her family.

John Reiplinger

September 28, 2017

My sympathies to Bev and Julie. I worked with Jeri's Dad, Russ at WLBK in the late 60's and I remember Jeri being a big help to her Dad in the radio booth at so many football games. Rest in Peace Jeri.

Susan Grammond

September 27, 2017

I was so sad to learn of Jeri's passing. We had known each other for a long time. I met Jeri in 1990 when I started working at the health department in Palm Beach County. Jeri was always so generous with her help and knowledge. I would often call her to ask a question about WIC and she was always right there with the answer and encouragement. I've been looking at some photos from the old days and can't remember when the pictures were taken. Jeri would have remembered the exact date and year! Jeri was creative, smart and a wonderful teacher. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Shadia Hamadeh

September 27, 2017

Receiving the news of losing someone we love is nothing easy. Jeri was a great person and a wonderful supervisor. I will never forget Jeri. I give my sincere condolences to the entire family. God rest her soul.

Cindy Kepler

September 27, 2017

I have fond memories of Jeri while working at WIC. She was an amazing teacher of the professional staff, but had a true passion for teaching clients. I would always turn to her for advice of how to do things pertaining to WIC procedures, she was the expert! We had a special bond and she even came to my home one time for Christmas day and spent time with my kids playing games. She had a huge heart and was a very genuine person. She will be missed! My sympathy to the family.

Amanda Williams

September 26, 2017

May heart and soul goes out to Jeri and your family, I work with Jeri for many years in the Palm Beach County WIC Program. Jeri was a great person with a good heart, she will be missed. GOD BLEss

Lou Ellen Boyes

September 26, 2017

I knew Jeri for 20+ years in the WIC Program in Palm Beach County. What I remember most about Jeri is her smile, her Irish sense of humor, her deep love for her family, her love of cooking, quilting, art and music, her chuckling laughter and her effervescent enthusiasm to support and advocate nutrition and breastfeeding for thousands of families.
As the Breastfeeding Coordinator in WIC, I very much appreciated Jeri's support, especially back when it was not popular to breastfeed or even discuss it. I was always impressed by how she prioritized the well-being of her WIC clients...she truly cared. We all knew she had a plethora of diverse knowledge, but also enjoyed learning and researching more, and sharing with clients and staff.
Jeri is at Peace now with God and her Heavenly Angels. I wish her beloved family God's Grace and Blessings.

Lorna Dubinsky

September 26, 2017

So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Jeri for many years. She was a very sweet and caring person. I remember eating the wonderful goodies she made for the holidays. When I was pregnant with my first child (who is now in his 20s) she hand stitched 2 bibs as a gift--which I never used since they were so beautiful. I still have them.

Ellen Guerrant

September 26, 2017

Dear ones, Beverly, Julie (Dennis), Sarah and Matthew. May God grant you peace and grace at this difficult time. Sending my deepest condolences to you all.

Love -
Ellen von Ohlen Guerrant, Charlotte NC