I wish to extend my sympathy to Zora’s family, especially Jerry. Though I spoke with Jerry only once (late evening of July 3, 2019), I was touched by his obvious love and devotion for Zora. Though I realized Zora’s passing was near (as did Jerry), I did not expect it to be so soon. On the day, we celebrated our country’s freedoms – freedoms both Jerry’s and Zora’s service helped to ensure – Zora went on to celebrate the ultimate freedom, Eternal Life! May all of Zora’s family be comforted by many wonderful memories!
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Zora M. Riggs, 78, passed away on July 4, 2019. She was born on July 15, 1940 to Lloyd and Pearl Hammers in Evansville, Indiana.
Zora served her country in the United States Air Force as a lab tech. She met her husband, Jerry, when she was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama. They met on Valentine’s Day in the dance hall on the base. Zora worked for St. Mary’s in 1979 as a CNA. While she was there, she went back to school and got her Associates Degree in Nursing at University of Evansville in 1983. She worked for St. Mary’s, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Woodmont Nursing Home, St. Mary’s Warrick County, and Perry County Memorial Hospital. Zora loved to spend time with her children. She was a Girl Scout leader for their troop for several years. She loved to go camping with her family as well. She also enjoyed crochet and find a word books.
Zora is survived by her husband Jerry Riggs; her children Paula Riggs-Jochim, Deborah Riggs, Donald Riggs; her grandchildren Aron Jochim (Ashley Douglas), Nicholas Wayne (Sarah) Jochim, Alyssa Jochim, April (Adam) Willis, and Jimmi Weed; her great-grandchildren Holley Jochim, Jackson Jochim, Connor Jochim, Dyxie Jo Smith, Storym Adalay Jochim, Lewmello Anthony Jochim, Katelyn Hill, Raelynn Willis, Evelyn Willis, Farrah Jones, and Angelina Jones; her brothers William Hammers, Marvin (Donna) Hammers, and Steve (Sandra) Hammers; and several loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
ora was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Thomas Hammers; her son-in-law Robert Jochim; her daughter-in-law Diane Riggs; sister-in-law Geraline Hammers; and her grandson Danny Jones.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9th at Sunset Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10th at Sunset Funeral Home. Friends and family can visit from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday. A burial will directly follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
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