Toby (Herrin) Riggs, 82, of Lee’s Summit passed away May 12, 2021. Funeral services will be 10:30 am Saturday May 22, 2021 at Langsford Funeral Home with visitation prior to service from 9:00 – 10:30 am. Burial in Lee’s Summit Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents Marjorie 1997, Dorman 1999 also with her loving husband Jerry in 2006.
She was born Aug. 3, 1938, as a young girl she was raised in the KC area. She enjoyed her Dancing Performances on stage a few times at Starlight Theatre with other dancers her age. She made friends easily, had a good personality and was liked by many. She graduated 1956 from Southeast High School and took some classes at Longview College with her sister 18 yrs. Younger. They had fun doing it together.
Jerry and Toby met June 1, 1954 at Fairyland Amusement Park with rides and a nice pool. They began dating 1955 and going steady. In the year of 1956 Jerry joined the Marines, they were Married (June 1, 1957) for 49 ½ years. He was stationed in N. Carolina where they spent some happy times and mad many new Marine friends.
They had their 1st home in Belton. They loved their 2nd home in KC and the handy location on 90th street. They both enjoyed their son’s friends and they were welcome anytime. They moved to their final home in Lee’s Summit and their sons had moved on with their lives, but still stayed close. They celebrated their 50th Herrin Family Reunion in 2018 with their “Circle of Love” holding hands, how neat was that?
She kept busy with her son’s schools: Boone, Center High School activities. Toby was PTA President, Head of Cub Scout Den Mothers, charge of School Carnivals, Santa for Christmas, helped school nurse and school office a few times. Attended Cub Scout baseball games Jerry was Coach and Scout Master. Toby and Jerry square danced with the “Swinging Squares” for years and made life-time friends. She helped at Veterans Hospital as a “Sunshine Lady” and a “United Way Clown.” They both did water skiing, snow skiing and ice skating. They loved vacations, trailer camping with their families and our pets. Toby was in several ladies’ fun groups the” Red Hatters” her favorite 50/55 yrs. Or older. She enjoyed doing Holiday decorating, her grandchildren loved it especially at Christmas time.
Toby is survived by her 3 sons, 3 daughter-in-law’s, 9 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren that God blessed them with. She was a fun lady and a devoted wife, mother and her sister’s families were Gods gift to her. Todd, Kathy and Ali Riggs; Jered, Tiffany, Lorelai Riggs and Malekai Townsend, Shane and Laurie Riggs, Dustin, Lauren and Athena Riggs; Lacy Ramsey and Brian Thomas, fiance, Cayden and Calli Ramsey; Trent and Lisa Riggs; Jeremy, Lyric, Ryder Riggs; Miranda Riggs, Jedidiah Liddell, Luna and Judah; Sydney, Savanna, Ashlyn Thomas and Piper Taylor. Her sister the Enke’s; Cherree, Gary, Austin, Paxtin . Nieces and nephews: Matt and Leilani Mairet, Hunter, Zander and Levi; Makayla and Michael Cuevas and their sons, Gabriel and Micah. Jerry’s family; Janice and Larry Kent; Robin and Mike Spears; Joyce and Martin Reese, Justine and Casey Nelson, Matthew, Michael and Marshall Reece. A special friend and family member Charles Hancock and Toby spent many years together as companions sharing good times and making lasting memories. We are grateful for Charlie and his family for the love and warmth they showed Toby over the years.
Everyone was always welcome to her home for family gatherings and fun times. She enjoyed all her family and she left many fond memories of our special love, happiness and lives we shared together.
“THE BROKEN CHAIN”
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In Life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories; your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.