Ethel Riggs

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Obituary of Ethel Regina Riggs

ETHEL REGINA RIGGS WAS BORN TO MABEL AND JAMES LYONS IN 1924 IN YONKERS, NY. SHE DIED JANUARY 10, 2020 AT THE AGE OF 95. SHE WAS LOVED, RAISED AND CARED FOR BY HER STEPFATHER, WILLIAM (BILL) SCOTT OF SYRACUSE, NY. WITH HER FIRST HUSBAND, ROBERT DELONG, DECEASED, SHE LIVED IN GEORGIA, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA AND THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS WHERE HE WAS A PILOT WITH THE ARMY AIR FORCE AND SHE WORKED ON THE BASE NEWSPAPER. WITH HER SECOND HUSBAND, WILLIAM (BILL) RUFF, DECEASED, SHE LIVED IN RENO, NV WHERE HE HAD A RADIO SHOW. THEY MOVED TO SYRACUSE WHERE HE BECAME A NEWS ANCHOR FOR WSYR TV. SHE WORKED FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND LATER WAS AN EDITOR FOR THE SYRACUSE HERALD JOURNAL. SHE MARRIED NORMAN RIGGS AND MOVED TO CLEARWATER, FL WHERE THEY RETIRED AND PLAYED LOTS OF GOLF. HE DIED AND SHE RETURNED TO SYRACUSE, NY. SHE HAS A SISTER JOANN VOLZ WHO RESIDES IN ERWIN, NC AND HAD A BROTHER JAMES WHO IS DECEASED. SHE LEAVES BEHIND THREE CHILDREN, SHARON WAGNER OF TUCSON, AZ, ANDREA MCKENNA OF MANVEL, TX AND DANIEL RIGGS OF TALLAHASSEE, FL. HER GRANDCHILDREN ARE, LAURI CHRYSS-CONNELL OF MARINA DEL REY, CA, MARK CHRYSS OF SEWARD, AK, KELLY CHRYSS OF PASO ROBLES, CA, HOLLY MCKENNA OF FL AND SEAN AND PATRICK RIGGS OF FL. HER GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ARE, DANIELLE, ELLIOT, REBECCA, ALLYSON, HANNAH, KYLIE AND QUINN. SHE HAS A NIECE, DEBRA LYONS AND A NEPHEW, BRYAN GROSS. HER NIECE BRENDA HART IS DECEASED. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HER GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, QUICK WIT AND HER THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE. THANK YOU TO HER FRIENDS, JUDY GRADY AND STELLA LAPARNE AND TO HER CARING NURSE PRACTITIONER, JULIE LI.
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