Bonnie Mae Riggins______________________________
Bonnie Mae Riggins, age 87, of Kadoka, S.D., passed away serenely at her home, Friday, September 13, 2013, after a stoic battle with multiple myeloma. She went to be with her Lord.
Bonnie Mae Stephens was born June 13, 1926, in Vermillion, the daughter of Earl and Ella Mae (Maxwell) Stephens. In 1931, the family moved to Meade County and lived on a sheep ranch near Union Center. From 1933-1943, they lived on several places in Jackson County and Bonnie attended Indian Creek and South Creek schools. Bonnie’s parents and brother moved to Piedmont, so she stayed with Ross and Augusta Warner to complete her high school education.
Bonnie graduated from Kadoka High School on May 21, 1943. She then attended National College of Business in Rapid City from the spring of 1943 to August 1944, and graduated with a business degree. Her first employment was with the War and Rations Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Bonnie then took a position as a clerk/typist for Farmers Home Administration in Milbank and later the Kadoka headquarters.
On August 4, 1947, Bonnie was united in marriage to Wayne Riggins at Wessington. They lived in Sioux Falls and Kingsley, Iowa, during their first years of marriage. In 1949, they moved to Wanblee, where they built their home on a ranch and raised their family. In 2011, after the death of her husband Wayne, Bonnie moved to the Gateway Apartments in Kadoka.
Bonnie had a deep love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with them and was very proud of each and every one of them. Quilting was Bonnie’s favorite pastime. Many an hour was spent carefully cutting blocks from scraps. She was very sentimental over her quilts and enjoyed passing them on to her daughters and grandchildren. She also loved to spend time gardening and tending to her flowers.
Bonnie was a member of the Bennett County Legion Auxiliary, Wanblee Ladies Aid Society, and the St. Ignatius Catholic Church for many years.
Survivors include her two daughters, Ella (Troy) Hindman of Kadoka and Marla (Dan) Nelson of Creighton; two sons, Stephen (Linda) Riggins of Kadoka and Sterling (Jill) Riggins of Wanblee; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law, Willowdean Stephens, Cloreta Eisenbraun, Faye Eisenbraun, Lola Joyce Riggins, Bonnie (Jerry) Riggins and Valene Perault; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Wayne, Bonnie was preceded in death by her brother, Robert.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 19, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Wanblee Cemetery.
A memorial is established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com