December 31, 1928 – August 17, 2018
Eva Margaret Riggins passed away August 17, 2018 with her family
at her side.
Eva was known to her family as Amy, Omah and GG.
Eva was born in Botha on December 31, 1928 to parents Ernie and Margaret Stauffer and little sister to Tubby (Alfred) Stauffer.
Eva had many fond memories of her childhood and family. She left home at a very young age to take care of her ailing grandmother. While taking care of her grandmother she attended the Monthano School. The school was next door to her grandmother’s house so it was Eva’s responsibility to pack the water, wood and light the stove before the teacher and other students arrived each winter morning. She later attended the Stettler High School.
After graduation Eva was employed at Thirsk’s where she met a RTN soldier who swept her off her feet. Eva married Herman Riggins June 21, 1950 and her Uncle Butson always wondered why someone would get married on the shortest night of the year. They moved to the farm making a living growing grain, raising and milking cattle. Making a living in those years was hard work but Eva was no stranger to hard work. Milking cows morning and night, separating the cream, the cream cheque helped raise two boys and paid for the groceries.
Allen was born in 1952 and Jerry was born in 1955. Auntie Alma said she was always amazed how she did all these chores and still had time to welcome Herman’s eleven brothers, sisters and their families to the farm almost every weekend.
After Herman’s passing (the love of her life) Eva went to work at Jimmy’s Hardware, a job that she really enjoyed. Eva was very involved in her community, belonging to Union Hall Ladies Club, Rebekah Lodge, Erskine United Church Ladies, Stettler Legion, Stettler Solo Club, Stettler Museum where the Whispering Pine building stands, which she inherited from her parents.
Some of her favorite hobbies and past times were curling, bowling, cards, dancing and collecting owls. In the later years she enjoyed her time with Carole and Marlene attending Cowboy Church and Stettler Live Theatre. Eva and Carole spent and travelled many miles together.
She was adopted by a very special and dear to her heart group of ladies, The Volker Sisterhood, where they shared many an adventure and giggles. In 1986 Eva met Charlie Banwell at a solo club dance, the start of a 30 plus year special friendship, dancing, travelling, camping and spending time in the garden together.
Eva moved to Paragon in August of 2017. Her high school and life time friend Dorothy McQuay was just
across the hallway and their doors were always open to each other.
A special thank you to her niece Bonny Douglas for all her special care and love she gave to her Auntie ¤
A special thank you to Carole Barclay for her friendship and kindness she gave to Eva ¤ Eva always had a way of making people feel like they were special, it didn’t matter if she had just met you or had known you all of her life.
Eva enjoyed and loved spending time with her family and played a very huge role helping raise her grandchildren as well as hugging, kissing and playing with her great grandchildren. She was very proud of them all. We will miss the hugs, smiles, see you later pussycats and all her love. Eva is predeceased by her parents Margaret and Ernest Stauffer, husband Herman Riggins, special friend Charlie Banwell and her brother Tubby Stauffer.
Eva leaves to mourn her passing a loving family: sons Allen (Jodi), Jerry (Sandy); grandchildren and great grandchildren Jody (Chris) Zachoda and their children Rebecca and Nick – Alan (Leanda) Rich and their children Kye and Adara – Jeff (Cara) Rich and their children Kale and Gage – Rocky (Kathleen) Riggins – T.J. Riggins (Veronike Ruch) – Clint (Lorilee) Riggins and their children Dane and Nixon – Angie Riggins and her daughter Venice – Danny (Dana) Riggins and their children Bria and Eva – Dustin (Erin) Stauffer and their children Molly and Maggie; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of
A Celebration of Life for Eva will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Stettler Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to Stettler Town and Country Museum, Erskine Cemetery or a charity of your own choice.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium 403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.