Wendy Riggan

19500725 –

 20170811

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Wendy Ellen Lanoue was born on July 25, 1950 to Arthur and Lois Honert Lanoue in Elgin, IL. Wendy was raised in Albuquerque, NM, where she excelled in music as a trumpeter for Highland High School. She was deeply engaged in Youth for Christ and the Los Altos Church of the Nazarene. Her teaching desire took her to BNC where she met her husband, Rodney Riggan. They married on August 8, 1970, the summer before their senior year. After graduation Wendy began teaching in Ferguson, MO, and she eventually taught at every level up through high school music at Goddard High in Roswell, NM. She was committed to her family, church, music, and three grandchildren whom she adored and prayed for daily. Wendy had five goals as she embraced the end; to refinish the bedroom furniture as she had promised her dad, to reach her 67th birthday, to celebrate their 47th anniversary, to visit each sibling, and to be completely healed. She was able to achieve them all! Survivors include her husband, Rodney Riggan; their children, Karen Southern and husband, Douglas; Kevin Riggan and wife, Beverly; Trudy Burch and husband, Tony; Three grandchildren, BrookeLynne Southern, Xander and Zekiel Riggan; siblings, Muriel Arndt and husband, Cliff; Brian Lanoue and wife, Glenda Rae; Adele Swanson; Joy Johnson and husband, James; Randy Lanoue and wife, Terri; Lori Seale and husband, Randy; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Reed and Lois Mae Lanoue; and sister, Christina Mae.

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4 thoughts on “Wendy Riggan”

  1. What a legacy Wendy left. I am sad for you her family, but happy for Wendy. To see her Savior face to face. I only have childhood memories of her, but even though we were only in 7th grade she left a mark on my life. She wanted us to pass out tracks on the school bus. Always talking to people about Jesus. What a special memory for me. May the Lord comfort you all as you go forward serving the Lord that your wife, and mom loved so much………

  2. It was a blessing to have known Wendy and I am grateful she was a part of my life, my family and my church. Her ministry in the music program at Canton First Church and in children’s ministry alongside, you, Rodney, touched so many lives throughout those wonderful years. I am sorry for your loss but glad for Wendy that she is completely healed and her sweet spirit will not have to suffer anymore. Even though it has been many years since you left Canton, OH, you, and your family will always be lovingly remembered by the Nichols and Offineer families and the many families at Canton First Church. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Wendy and I were high school friends in Youth for Christ. We lost touch after she went away to college. But eight years ago she reached out to me via facebook. It was a joy to hear about Rodney, Karen, Doug, Brooklynne, Kevin, Beverly, Xander and Zekiel. Even while fighting cancer she kept a beautiful attitude and was an inspiration to me. On August 4, just one week before she went home to the Lord, we messaged back and forth about our grandkids. She sent me several cute pictures of the boys and when I commented on what good pictures they were, she told me that Beverly was the photographer! Her love for her family was uppermost after her love for Jesus! I have thought of her so many times this month and each time I have prayed for you, knowing that her going left a far bigger hole in your hearts than it did in mine. May God comfort you as only He can!

  4. I am sorry for you loss. Wendy was a great Christian woman to know and love. And she will be miss by many.

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