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Cleora Riggs Obituary


Cleora Jean Riggs
Cleora Jean Riggs

August 1, 1924 - April 21, 2017
Born in Covert, Kansas
Resided in Coeur d'Alene, ID
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Cleora Jean (Dickinson) Riggs entered her Father's presence April 21, 2017 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
She was born August 1, 1924 in Covert, Kansas to Clarence Stanley and Theresa Cleora {Blagrave) Dickinson, the oldest of their nine children. In July of 1941 at age 16 she rode a Greyhound bus alone to Hayden, Idaho to visit an aunt and uncle. She met her future husband, Robert W. Riggs while there and married him October 18, 1941. To this marriage of 62 years were born three children, Sharon, Robert Jr. and

During the war she worked at the Naval Supply Depot in Spokane valley while Bob was serving in the U.S. Army. At war's end she became a stay at home mom. She became an avid bowler in the 1950's and bowled until she was 85. She was inducted into the Coeur d Alene Women's Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 2005. She loved to camp with Bob and friends, read and work in her yard until she moved to North Star Retirement Apartments after being in an automobile wreck.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, brothers Clarence Stanley Jr., Fay and Jerry; sisters Betty Wilkening, Opal Keller and Peggy Kesler.

She is survived by sisters Pat Perry (Steve) of Windom, MN., Sarah Greenlee (Ben) of Denver CO.; daughters, Sharon Jennings (Gordon) of Post Falls, ID, Carol Bruggom (Larry) of Sheridan, MT and son Robert W. Riggs, Jr. (Lena) of Spokane Valley; grandchildren Chuck Jennings of Post Falls, Tracy Jasso (Frank) of Federal Way, WA, Mike Bruggom of Ferndale, WA, Tina Collison (Gary) of Spokane, Dorothy Schliep of Spokane, Robert D. Riggs of Germany , Duane Riggs of Spokane , Yvonne Stevens of Olympia, Veronica Sullivan (Mike) of Sacramento, Stasia Jennings (Chet) of Post Falls, Jim Dixon of Spokane and Darrell Dixon of Spokane; plus 19 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren and 1 great great-great grandchild. She is also survived by brother-in-law Gerald Riggs, Coeur d Alene; sisters-in-law Bobbie Dickinson, Woodland, WA. and Carol Dickinson of Utah, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was loved by many dear friends and "adopted" family members.

The family wishes to thank the staff of North Star Assisted Living for the great care she received there. Also, Hospice of North Idaho for her care in the final stages of her life. At her request there will be no services. Yates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit Cleora's memorial and sign her online guestbook at

Donations in memory of Jean may be made to Hospice of North Idaho 9493 N. Gov't. Way Hayden, ID 83835 or Mountain View Bible Church 3974 N. Chase Rd. Post Falls, ID 83854.

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