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Elma C. Rigsby, 95, of Richmond, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, June 7.
She was born on January 14, 1926 in Center Township of Wayne County, Indiana to Emil Elsworth & Mildred Fern Plessinger Filby. Elma was a 1944 graduate of Whitewater High School and attended Ball State Teachers College during World War II. Elma married JB Rigsby on May 2, 1948. They shared 36 years together and were blessed with 1 daughter and 2 sons before his death on June 12, 1984.
Elma was a well-known pianist. She volunteered her musical talent at numerous nursing homes and hospitals until her health began to fail. She formerly worked at Belden and retired from Cox’s Supermarket. Elma was a 60+ year member of Chapter #552, Order of Eastern Star, and was a former member of the Richmond Assembly, Social Order of Beauceant. She was a member of the Middleboro United Methodist Church.
Elma will be missed by her children, Dennis Rigsby & wife, Pam; Jim Rigsby; Karen Estep & husband, Bill; 4 grandchildren, Amanda (Shawn) Hildebrand, Jacob (Jasmine) Rigsby, Nathan (Erica) Rigsby and Ashley (Timmy) Partin; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Christine Temple; and nieces & nephews.
Elma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Mary Plankenhorn, Nancy Smith and brothers, Joe Filby, Dale Filby and Donald “Red” Filby.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 4-7 pm on Friday, June, 11, at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Order of Eastern Star will conduct a memorial ceremony at the conclusion of visitation.
A funeral ceremony will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 12 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for Middleboro United Methodist Church, 4620 North State Road 227, Richmond, IN 47374.
Loved this lady, went to church with her at Chester Heights U.M. Church. Could listen to her play piano forever,, she made them keys talk and oh what they could say. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family.
Nellie Cheek Jun 12 2021 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to Elmas family. My dad (Bob Harrison) and Elma were classmates at Whitewater and life-long friends. I have fond childhood memories of get-togethers at Elma and JBs filled with music, laughter, and friendship. It seemed she always had a playful smile and a twinkle in her eye. She continued to be a steadfast friend throughout the years. She eloquently spoke at first my moms (Jewell) funeral and later at my dads. She lived an extraordinary life of music, laughter, and love! We will miss her!
Pam (Harrison) Tubesing Jun 11 2021 12:00 AM
Elma was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed seeing her and her daughter in law Pam. She will definitely be missed.
Natalie Penland Jun 11 2021 12:00 AM
Elma went to school with my father and his brothers, as she called them - The Barker Boys. I loved hearing her play at church and her wonderful outgoing personality! Charles, Eugene, Tom and Howard Barker welcomed her home to heaven - I will be praying for you all. Sherri Barker Sweet
Sherri Sweet Jun 9 2021 12:00 AM
Elma and Reba (my grandmother) grew up together attending Middleboro and spent many Sunday afternoons at each other's homes. They attended Whitewater and sang together. My favorite story was when they and two other girls left school during their study hall to get music for an upcoming event. They probably could have gotten permission to go, but they left and were planning to be back before the period was up. I think it was Mildred who called the school to give Elma a message, which of course caused the administration to wonder where Elma and Reba, as well as the others, were since they were nowhere to be found in the school building. Love to all of the family during this time.
Robert Allen Williams Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM
Dennis, Jim and Karen
First of all my condolences to you and your families. My prayers are with you all.
I met your mom and dad when I was quite young. My dad helped your dad build a couple of houses in New Paris. We would come visit on the farm and all us kids would play outside. However my favorite time was when we came inside, stood around the piano to sing and listen to your mom play. Sweet memories!
Logan B Murphy III Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing this sweet lady through my dad Eugene Kirkman . They were classmates and went out to eat once a month . I know they are all having a party in heaven Joyce Spaeth
Joyce Spaeth Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure meeting this sweet lady in our office and enjoyed every moment that I got to take care of her. She is truly one of a kind and will be missed. Please accept my condolences, Angel Mills
Angel Mills Jun 7 2021 12:00 AM
Dennis, so sorry to see where your Mother passed. She was quite a beautiful lady. You are I my prayers.
Debby Fox Owens Jun 7 2021 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Elma Rigsby
Marilyn Revalee Jun 7 2021 12:00 AM