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Loree M. (Maddy) Riggs

December 26, 1921 ~ August 31, 2019 (age 97)

Loree M. Riggs

Loree M. Riggs, 97, Hays, died Saturday, August 31, 2019 at HaysMed.

She was born December 26, 1921 on the family farm south of Stockton, the daughter of Lester and Lydia (Borin) Maddy.  In 1939 she graduated from Stockton High School, and she attended Fort Hays State University.  Loree was a sales associate for JCPenney, retiring after 38 years with the company.  On June 30, 1940 she was united in marriage to Donald H. “Don” Riggs.  They celebrated over 63 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on September 10, 2003.  She was a member of North Oak Community Church, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, and attended FHSU Encore performances.  Loree was a beautiful pianist and often played for the Rotary Club.  She enjoyed playing Pinochle, and Bridge and would play duplicate Bridge with Don. 

Survivors include a daughter; Linda O’Connor of Hays, a daughter-in-law; Terri Riggs of Hays, a sister; Joan Balderston of Stockton, seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Lester and Lydia Maddy, a son; Richard “Dick” Riggs, a daughter; Donna Medina, and two sisters; Lillian Lawson and Naomi Green.

A celebration of Loree’s life will be at 9:30 am on Friday, September 6, 2019 at North Oak Community Church with Pastor Dave Buller officiating.  Burial will follow at Stockton City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Thursday at Hays Memorial Chapel and from 8:30 am until service time on Friday, at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of the High Plains.  Condolences and memories of Loree may be shared with the family at

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