Nicole Danae Riggan
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Nicole Danae Riggan, 27, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ on December 22nd along with her husband Anthony. Nicole's journey on this earth was short but full of adventure, joy, and purpose. The joy she brought to her family and to all those she touched cannot be measured and is now reflected in all who knew her. Nicole was born to John and Suzanne Paterson at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX on July 7, 1983. Born into an Air Force family, Nicole lived in many locations around the United States and in England, finally settling down in Monument, CO. She attended Lewis-Palmer High School and graduated valedictorian in 2002. It was during her high school years she developed a love for theatre. Nicole excelled in all areas of theatre including playwriting, directing and acting. She was also Drama Club President at Lewis-Palmer and enjoyed singing in the school choir. Nicole's love for serving others was shown through her participation in Serteen, a volunteering program for teens, and on mission trips to Peru and Guatemala. Nicole went on to study theatre education and acting at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, graduating magna cum laude. She acted in The Thorn at New Life Church and in A Christmas Carol at Woodmen Valley Chapel along with acting in several murder mysteries. After graduation, Nicole met M. Anthony Riggan while attending Baptist Student Union Bible study at the Air Force Academy. Nicole and Anthony became engaged while he attended pilot training at Columbus AFB, MS. They married on March 28, 2009 and started their Air Force life at Dyess AFB, where her husband trained to be a B-1 bomber pilot. They were currently assigned to Ellsworth AFB, SD. After moving to Rapid City, Nicole immediately became involved in the local community theater directing the play Little Red and the Riding Hoods. She recently acted in A Christmas Carol for the second time and was rehearsing for the spring play. Nicole also loved to host game nights and events in which she would cook for their family and friends while her contagious laugher filled their home. Nicole shared Anthony's passion for the outdoors and together, with their puppy Sophie, they enjoyed camping and hunting. Anthony considered her to be his favorite co-pilot when they went flying together. In turn, Anthony supported Nicole's love for theatre and learned to dance, one of Nicole's favorite activities. Nicole had many creative talents which showed through every project or activity, such as scrapbooking, photography, arranging social activities or planning dates with Anthony. Nicole was a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, as was her husband Anthony. Not ones to let opportunities pass them by, Nicole and Anthony quickly got involved at church when they moved to a new area, joining Bible studies and helping with youth groups. Nicole's devotionals, sent to hundreds of friends and family members around the world, have been a source of inspiration and guidance. During their short marriage, Nicole and Anthony have touched the lives of all those who have known them, and they will be greatly missed! Nicole said her wedding day was the greatest day of her life, but we know she would now say, the greatest day was December 22, 2010 when she entered Heaven with Anthony, the love of her life. Nicole is survived by her parents, John and Suzanne Paterson; her sister, Danielle, and brother, Gabriel. She is also survived by her extended family and friends whom she loved dearly. A celebration of Nicole and Anthony's lives was held in Little Rock, AR on December 29, 2010. A celebration will also be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Woodmen valley Chapel Worship Center, 290 E. Woodmen Road. Interment will be at the Air Force Academy. In lieu of flowers, please consider the following memorials: Anthony and Nicole Riggan Memorial Mission Scholarship, c/o BSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1832, Monument, CO 80132; Nicole Riggan Memorial Theatre Scholarship, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Monument, CO 80132.

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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 30, 2010.
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January 17, 2011

I can not imagine what you have been through these last few weeks. Crystalyn told me! I have prayed for you bunches and will keep praying. May God comfort you. Nilene Orlando, FL
Nilene White
January 14, 2011
Miss you Nicole
Laurie Ramsey
January 5, 2011
Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Peace and comfort to you all.
Paul Zavacki
January 5, 2011
We knew neither Nicole nor Anthony before we attended the Memorial Service to support our friend, John Paterson (Nicole's father). My wife and I came away from that sweet and touching event not only knowing these two wonderful young people, but loving them, as well. Perhaps nothing but time and the Spirit of God can soothe the hurt that their families have had to deal with after losing their son/daughter/brother/sister and inlaws. But we say thank you to both sets of parents for raising two magnificent human beings who truly loved much and were loved by many. We can't help but feel envious of those whose nearness or relation to Nicole and Anthony permitted them to know them well. May God bless both families now and in the future with the knowledge that the testimonies of these two dedicated Christian people will continue to be shared among those they'll meet as well as those they leave behind.
C. B.
January 4, 2011
We miss you so much Nicole- now you and Anthony are in paradise. May your lives continue to touch and bless everyone who knew you. Rest in peace in Christ's everlasting love
Jamie Denton
January 4, 2011
Nicole was a valued member of the Black Hills Community Theatre. She was in rehearsals for the upcoming play the evening before she died. Anthony was often seen in the audience, beaming with love and appreciation. They will be GREATLY missed by many of us.
Mary Stein
January 3, 2011
I didn't know Nicole but I know John and Gabe from boy scout days. I know you have a wonderful family and you love the Lord. We share in your grief; take comfort, knowing that Nicole is with our Savior now. We're praying for comfort for you and your family.
Scott & Stephen Mason
January 3, 2011
Our prayers are with you. We know that the Lord is carrying you through this most difficult time in your life. Know that we're always available with a shoulder to cry on or just to be there. Whatever you need.
I will always remember Boogie boarding with Nicole and Danielle. What great memories.
You raised an awesome daughter
January 3, 2011
I did not know Nicole or Anthony, but my heart goes out to both families and to their friends. May God bless you all.
Michelle Riddle
January 2, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of loss. Nicole was a sweet girl and although I never met Anthony, I bet he was just as awesome as she was. All our love...
Gary & Christina Jones
January 2, 2011
In our brief time to know Nicole and Anthony we were impressed and learned to love them as we have the rest of the Paterson family. We love you all and want you to know we are grieving with you.
Bill and Ordelle Watts
January 2, 2011
We never had the pleasure of meeting Nicole or Anthony but have heard of the love they shared through Nicole's father John Paterson. Our love and prayers are with John and Suzanne Paterson and Family as well as the Riggan Family.
Rob and Paula Swenson
January 2, 2011
Our hearts were sadden by the news of Nicole and Anthony's passing. We had only met Nicole a couple of times during her earlier years but know what an inspiration she was to everyone whose lives she touched. She will be missed but knowing she is in a beautiful place may you find comfort. Nicole and Anthony will continue to live on in the hearts of those lives they touched. Our sincere sympathies for your loss. Donna Gail and Clint Schneider
Donna Schneider
January 1, 2011
I did not know Nicole or Anthony, but I know how hard it is to lose a child. There will be a hole in your hearts forever. You and the world have lost some very wonderful young people. May God Bless and help you through this.
Diana Gantz
December 31, 2010
Nicole, not a day goes by since you've passed on that I've regretted losing touch with you.
You were truly an amazing person, and I am sure Anthony was as well, to earn the love of one so precious in this world.
You are greatly missed, and not a day will pass that I will not think of you.
Rest well with the Angels, and sing in heavens chior, I know you would love that.
Love Always
Laurie Ramsey (Quinn)
December 31, 2010
I know that Nicole and Anthony are very content in their new heavenly home. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their grieving family. Nicole was a HS friend of my daugther, Carrie, we remember this pleasant cheerful young woman who visited our home on occassion, and are thankful that she and my daughter were friends.
Michele McMurray
December 31, 2010
My heart goes out to your family and I am saying extra prayers to God for your families comfort and strength.
Most sincerely.
Bonnie Sands ( Dermody)
December 31, 2010
Nicole will be missed by all that she met at Ellsworth and she was a wonderful young lady. My deepest sympathy in your loss.
Judy McKay
December 31, 2010
I did not know Lt Anthony and Mrs. Nicole Riggan, but I must say the world has lost two wonderful people. I guess they were needed more in Heaven. I am so sorry for your loss, Paterson and Riggan family. God Bless.
December 30, 2010
God bless your family during this difficult time. I am so glad to know they were both Christians. I guess the Lord just wanted them home.
Chuck Roth
December 30, 2010
This story is so sad. My condolences to your family for the loss of Nicole and Anthony. The good thing that comes from this is that they are now in Heaven. God bless you during this difficult time.
Melinda Dutton
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