2010-08-26 / Obituaries

Elsie Kendall Riggs

Chambersburg, 82

Elsie Kendall Riggs, 82, Chambersburg, died peacefully at her daughter’s home surrounded by family on Friday, August 20, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born November 21, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Edward Allison and Margaret (Shirk) Herring. Also preceding her in death were her first husband, Walter Kendall, and their little daughter, Margaret Ellen Kendall; her brother, Larry Renninger; and her second husband, Sidney Riggs.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Robin Kendall, and his wife, Nancy, of Chambersburg; her daughter Valerie Kin, and her husband, John, of Midlothian, Va.; her brother, Edward Allison of Bryn Athyn, Pa.; and her sister in-law, Reiko Renninger Albro of Great Falls, Mont. She is also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Albert and Elliot Kendall of Chambersburg; Dr. John Kin Jr., his wife, Paige, and their three children: Kendall, Sarah, and Trevor of Fredericksburg, Va.; Elaine Kin and her fiancé, Richard Maguire of London, England; Katherine Kin and her husband, Travis Seitz, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and by nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Though her life was marked by tremendous losses, she was at heart a great optimist who loved life and all its wonderful possibilities. Even cancer could not get her down. She talked of driving over the Alps (She loved watching the Tour de France.) when she was better, and she helped her family laugh even in her final days.

Throughout her long working life in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg and at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., with her extraordinary warmth and humor and her genuine interest in people, she created a large and loving extended family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, 875 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, where services will be held on Friday, August 27, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.

Contributions in Elsie’s memory may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 7086, Dallas, TX 75209, or to the MCVVCU Massey Cancer Center, Palliative Care Fund, North 4 North, 1300 E. Marshall St., PO Box 985934, Richmond, VA 23298.

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