Marguerite Rose (DesRosiers) Riggles, 92, of Enfield, beloved wife for 67 years of the late Elven W. Riggles Sr., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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Born in Springfield on April 28, 1920, daughter of the late Evagrius H. and Rose Mary (Champagne) DesRosiers, she was raised in Springfield and had lived in Milford and Cheshire before moving to Enfield in 1976. After graduating from high school, Marguerite took a position with the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, where she met her husband Elven W. Riggles. After starting a family, Marguerite stayed home to raise her children and pursue her true passion in life, painting. She was a longtime member of the Connecticut River Valley Artist Association and she participated in several art shows throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Quebec. During the summer, Marguerite enjoyed spending time with her family at their lake home in Quebec. She loved to fish, enjoy the fresh air, paint, and spend time with friends and family. Marguerite was a phenomenal cook, a talent that she learned from her mother, and her entire family looked forward to her meals at holidays and parties.
She leaves a son, the Rev. Dr. Elven W. Riggles Jr. of Durham; a daughter, Deanna N. Lavoie of Willington; five grandchildren, Meredith J. Huntley, and her husband, Matthew of Waltham, Mass., John A. Riggles of Durham, Elizabeth "Posey" Riggles of New Haven, Danielle R. Lavoie and Michelle A. Lavoie, both of Willington; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Riggles of Windsor and Nina DeMarco of Willimantic; her former son-in-law, Armand Lavoie of Stafford; her dear friends, Stella and Marcel Stutz of Montreal, Canada; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, Charlie. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two children; her daughter-in-law, Jill E. Riggles; three brothers, Leonard DesRosiers, Alexander DesRosiers, and Raymond DesRosiers; and a sister, Jeanette DesRosiers.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main St., Durham. Burial will be private in Hazardville Cemetery, Enfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the Enfield Community Ambulance, 1296 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.
Carmon Windsor Funeral Home has care of the arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2012
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