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Sad Death of Mrs. S. B. Riggs

Dr. S. B. Riggs received word Saturday morning of the serious illness of Mrs. Riggs, who was visiting her mother in Kansas City. He went to Kansas City on the first train but arrived too late to see his wife alive. She died at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. The immediate cause of her death was heart failure, which was brought on by tuberculosis, from which she has suffered for several years.

Nona Gertrude Wheeler was born at Odessa, Missouri, November 7, 1884, and died at Kansas City March 9, 1907, aged 22 years, 4 months and 2 days. She was married October 14, 1903, to Dr. S. B. Riggs at Kansas City. A daughter, Alyce, was born to them on October 14, 1905, the second anniversary of their wedding. Besides her husband and infant daughter, she leaves a father, mother, and three brothers, Claude Wheeler of Honolulu, Ernest Wheeler of Los Angeles and Herbert Wheeler of Joplin.

Mrs. Riggs contacted the disease which caused her death from nursing an older sister, whom she took to Arizona and New Mexico, and who finally died from tuberculosis. Her devotion to her suffering sister resulted in her own death.

Mrs. Riggs made many warm friends in Larned during her residence here and the news of her death was a shock to the community. While she realized that she could not live long, she was always cheerful and hopeful. The sympathy of the entire community is with Dr. Riggs and his little daughter in their great loss. Mrs. C. E. Hocker will take care of the little girl for the present. Mrs. F. H. Brainerd, mother of Mrs. Riggs, was sick at her home in Kansas City and unable to attend the funeral.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church here Tuesday afternoon, Rev. B. E. Parker officiating, and the interment was in the Larned cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Saturday, November 26, 2005 00:47:25

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