Susan Riggs

Full Name: Susan B. Riggs
Date of Birth: February 6, 1956
Date of Death: June 11, 2019
June 14, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
Service Information:
June 15, 2019 - 11:00 am - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary

SUSAN BLAIR RIGGS, 63, of Huntington, WV, passed away on June 11, 2019, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Susan was born in Huntington on February 6, 1956, the daughter of the late Bert and Janice Blair. Susan graduated from Vinson High School, a member of the Class of 1974. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Concord College in Athens, WV, graduating summa cum laude. During her career as a music teacher, she directed choir and band grades elementary through high school in Talcott, Sandstone, Hinton, Smoot, and Rainelle, WV. She also directed choirs at Big Clear Creek Baptist Church in Rupert, WV, and First Baptist Church in Hinton, WV. A classically trained soprano, Susan was a frequent soloist for churches, schools, and community events. She was dedicated to training young musicians and taught piano and voice lessons from her longtime home in Rupert, WV. Susan retired from teaching in 1994 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Susan loved to quilt, crochet, and knit for her grandchildren, and she was an outstanding baker.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Riggs of Huntington, WV; children Benjamin Riggs (John Dwyer), Jonathan Riggs (Amy), Nicole Riggs McIlvaine (Ian), and Jesse Riggs; nine grandchildren, Brody Riggs (Dawn Marie), Brier Riggs (Tiffany), Wheaton Riggs, Annyston Riggs, Sophia McIlvaine, Finnegan McIlvaine, Anabella McIlvaine, Fletcher Riggs, and Madge Riggs; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Ben Blair (Adele) of Seattle, WA, niece Christa Blair May (Scot), and nephew Brandon Blair (Allison).

The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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From: Dimitra LoomosJun 14 2019 12:07AM
Dear Ben,

My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Know that many prayers and much love surrounds you.

From: Nancy DawsonJun 14 2019 6:40AM
...oh how my heart hurts for your entire family........Will always have special memories of visiting in your home which always had the aura of loving parents with their children......and I will forever think of your Moms voice but how she illustrated her love of family through her poetry :).....Will be praying for you all :)
From: Gary &Anne BootenJun 14 2019 1:15PM
So sorry to hear of Susan’s death. Heartfelt condolences to the family and all who loved her.
From: Kirby & Georgeann BlankenshipJun 14 2019 10:18PM
Dear Mike, Ben,Jonathan,Nicki,Jessie and Grandchildren:
So sorry for the passing of Susan, wonderful lady and wonderful memories we shared. Sending our love and prayers for strength,peace and comfort, to all of you.
From: Paula BlankenshipJun 15 2019 8:37PM
Mike, I am so very sorry you lost Susan.  You took care of her for so long.  Please know I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family..
From: Laura Richmond/ Mrs. BruceJun 16 2019 9:47PM
Dear Mike and family I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing at church this morning. Our love and prayers out to your family.

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