August 14

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

first_imgBarbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher for several years. After marriage, she became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president, a Sunday School teacher, and was also the church pianist for nearly 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husband Chuck Riggs of the home; three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; and two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.last_img read more