Dorothea Marie Riggs, 84, of Dumas passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Dalhart. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday May 15, 2017 at 10 o'clock in the morning at First Baptist Church in Dumas, with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will follow at Dumas Cemetery. Graveside services will be conducted by the Dumas Chapter #653 Order of the Eastern Star. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Dumas.
Dorothea was born January 9, 1933 in Dalhart, TX to Russell and Lola (Cox) Beall. She moved to Stratford in the 1940's and graduated from Stratford High School in 1951. Dorothea attended Baylor University and she also attended business school in Washington, DC. She married Charles Allen Riggs on November 7, 1954 in Stratford, TX. Charles was in the Navy and they lived in multiple places during that time. The majority of their marriage was spent in Stratford, TX and Denver, CO.
Dorothea worked for Weight Watchers in Denver, CO for many years and upon retirement, she and Charles moved to Dumas, TX in July 1993. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dumas for 24 year and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class. Dorothea was a 50 year member of the Dumas Chapter #653 Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in Dumas and in Stratford. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 9022. Dorothea enjoyed volunteering in Dumas and was a Hospital Auxiliary volunteer as well as volunteering at the Dumas Animal Shelter.
Dorothea was preceded in death by a daughter; Russella Faye Hawkes and sisters; Doris Marshall and Juanita Faye Beall.
She is survived by her husband Charles of the home; sons; Allen Riggs of Lakewood, Co, and Steve Riggs of Sterling, Co. , Sisters; Irene Luette and husband Herman, of Devine, TX, and Sammie Huggins and husband Eldon of Van Horn, TX. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Dorothea is also survived by Sabra Kesner who has been her adopted sister for several years.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Dumas, P.O. Box 617, Dumas TX 79029.