MRS. SAMUEL LEONIDAS RIGGS
-January 9, 1967
Adah Alice Matthews Riggs was born in New Orleans, the daughtert of Frederich and Adah Matthews. She was a gifted pianist and organist and generously used her talent in the work of her church. It was while playing for a revival meeting that she met the Reverend Samuel Leonidas Riggs, a fervent young Methodist preacher who had been assigned to do evangelistic work in New Orleans. They were married on February 1, 1905 by Bishop Henry Clay Morrison.
With energetic devotion she accompanied her husband to a succession of parsonage homes, serving churches in DeRidder, Kentwood, St. Francisville, Opelousas, Mooringsport, and Cedar Grove, Shreveport. In 1928 Brother Riggs retired because of ill health and they made their home in Shreveport. She shared with her husband a devotion to the poor and afflicted, and for seven years she served as the first president of Goodwill Industries in Shreveport. She was a member of Magnolia Chapter, O.E.S., and an active member of First Methodist Church.
Mrs. Riggs died on January 9, 1967 in Shreveport. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Ben Oliphint and the Reverend P. M. Caraway. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Greenwood Cemetery, Shreveport.
She is survived by a son, Leonard M. Riggs of Longview, Texas; a grandson, Leonard M. Riggs, Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Mrs. A. D. Turner of Minden, Louisiana; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Her personal buoyancy and zest for living, her love of people and “salt of the earth” kind of goodness, bear a lasting witness to the words of Browning:
“But God has a few of us whom he whispers in the ear;
The rest may reason and welcome, ‘tis we musicians know’.”
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1967; p. 224 By Ben Oliphint
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