Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 1992


October 20, 1992


— Services for Vera O. Riggs, 75, Joplin, Mo., were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Chapel in Joplin with the Rev. Richard Manley officiating. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery here.

Mrs. Riggs died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1992, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin.

She was born April 6, 1917, in Pittsburg, to Orville and Viola Horn Uttley. She moved to Joplin from Baltimore in 1946. She had worked as a seamstress for J.C. Penney, Macy's, Ramseys and Newman's department stores, retiring in 1979.

Mrs. Riggs was a member of Joplin Heights Baptist Church in Joplin and the Gnosis Extension Club.

She married J. Merle Riggs on Aug. 30, 1941, in Baltimore. He died July 9, 1991.

Survivors include a son, Ron Riggs, Coffeyville; a daughter, Jana Neal, Joplin; two sisters, Mary Alice Rollins, Lawrence, and Betty Angleton, Coffeyville; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Assn. or Joplin Heights Baptist Church.

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