Carolyn Rigby Almand

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Carolyn Rigby Almand

Shreveport, LA - Carolyn Rigby Almand, 89, passed away Saturday morning April 19, 2014. She was a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. Carolyn was born on April 29, 1924, to Dr. O. C. and Lena Rigby, active community leaders. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM in the chapel of Cypress Baptist Church of Benton, Louisiana. Funeral services will be on Friday, April 25, at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of Cypress Baptist. The graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday at the Haynesville Old Town Cemetery.

Carolyn attended South Highlands Elementary School, graduated from Byrd High School, and graduated Cum Laude from Centenary College receiving a BA degree with a major in piano and a minor in voice. While at Centenary she served as a member of the maroon jackets and sang in the very first Centenary Choir and was in the Chi Omega Sorority. During WW II, she worked at Downtown Shreveport Airport as a radio operator, giving instructions to the pilots.

On October 30, 1948, she married the love of her life, Cedric T. Almand of Haynesville. She moved to Haynesville and immediately joined the First Baptist Church where she was a member for 53 years. During those 53 years she faithfully served as children's music director, pianist to all choirs, and church organist for 28 years. Carolyn also formed and taught two different girls' groups, who sang in church and for many community events. For many years, she taught piano lessons at school and home. Her community involvement included membership in the Haynesville Country Club, the Haynesville Study Club, and the Haynesville Music Club, where she served as president. She was also a member of the Shreveport Woman's Department Club.

After her husband passed away, Carolyn moved to Benton, Louisiana, in 2001, to live with her youngest daughter, Connie, and her family. She joined Cypress Baptist Church, and began to use her musical abilities there. She played for her Sunday School Class, the senior adult choir, and sang in the Sanctuary choir. She played once a week for the residents of Pilgrim Manor nursing home. The entire family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care and concern Connie and her family gave to Carolyn for the past 13 years.

Her children often wonder about the number of people her musical talent touched and the number of children on which she bestowed her love and legacy of music. Carolyn loved music, but her greatest love and attention was saved for her husband and three daughters. She supported her family in all their endeavors, and Carolyn and Cedric were extremely proud of their daughters' achievements.

Survivors include her daughters: Carol Cook and husband, Allen, of Wheatland, WY; Claire Evans and husband, Hal, of Marshall, TX; and Connie White and husband, David, of Benton, LA. Her grandchildren: Dr. Erin Grady and husband, Tim; Gabe Cook and fiancée, Christina; Patrick McCuller and wife, Lisanne; Darden White; Clint White; and Julie Ricketts and husband Gareth. Great-grandchildren: Brennan and Brewer Ricketts. Sisters: Jean Waitz and Barbara Walker and husband, Tigner. Carolyn is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of close friends.

Preceding her in death were: her parents; her beloved husband, Cedric; her brother, Dr. Russell Rigby and wife, Martha; sister-in-law Narvis Almand Webb and husband, Joe; and brother-in-law William Waitz.

Donations may be made to Cypress Baptist Church of Benton or the .

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Published in Shreveport Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2014
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