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Elizabeth 'Claire' Rigler – January 31, 2018

Elizabeth “Claire” Rigler, 87, of Amarillo died Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., February 2, 2018, at St. Paul United Methodist Church.  Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Claire was born April 10, 1930, in Amarillo to Robert Clair and Verlyn Elizabeth Hughes.  She was the Executive Directors of TPMHA and also played a significant role in founding of Operation Drug Alert, Suicide Prevention Hotline and Kairos House.  She also was a charter member of the Northwest Texas Hospital Auxiliary in which she was past president of the Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Bobby H. Rigler.
Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Kelly and husband, H.R., of Amarillo and Susan Sherman and husband Ron, of Vega; a son, Mark Rigler and wife Marilyn, of Amarillo; a sister, Barbara Buzzell, of Waynesboro, PA.; grandchildren, Dawn Van Noy and husband Doug, Bobby Rigler and wife Cheryl, Alex Laugesen,  Adam Laugesen and wife Amber, John Kelly and wife Shelley, Elizabeth Ryan and husband James, and Kelly Sherman and wife Tammy; and great-grandchildren, Abby Rigler, Brooke Van Noy, Chase Van Noy, Royce Rigler, Lauren Kelly, and Samuel Kelly.


  • Maggie Gruhlkey Posted January 31, 2018 9:05 pm

    My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. She was a wonderful lady. I know she will be missed. May angels walk with you today and always.

  • Jackie R. Green Sheldon Posted January 31, 2018 9:11 pm

    I remember Claire being such a compassionate and caring mentor when at a very-young age in early 1970s I was secretary to Mr. Walters, administrator at the old Northwest Texas Hospital. May God bless you in this time of great void in your lives. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.

  • Pam Holman Posted February 1, 2018 12:10 pm

    Marcia, I am so sorry for you loss. I’m lifting you and your family up in prayer!

  • Julie Bromley Posted February 1, 2018 5:07 pm

    Claire leaves behind a wonderful legacy of service to our community. My thoughts and prayers are for your family to be filled with God’s presence during this sorrowful time.

  • Mel And Judy Jones Posted February 1, 2018 6:23 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and especially Susan and Ron Sherman. So sorry for your loss but thankful for the memories.

  • Jim Uselton Posted February 1, 2018 6:36 pm

    Your loss is also our loss as a community. I remember Claire in social services years ago and then later enjoyed working with her in regarding her homes. She was always such a lively and encouraging person. God’s blessings on all your family!

  • Jessica Carter Posted February 1, 2018 7:00 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Prayers
    Jessica and Dewayne

  • Lety Posted February 1, 2018 9:37 pm

    Marcia, thinking of you and your family. May you be comforted during this time.

  • Billy Bristow Posted February 1, 2018 10:10 pm

    Respected family members. I am saddened by the loss of such an influential women. My heart aches, but it will heal. To those in the family I know and respect, I love you all very much and know that Grannies passing is a huge loss in your lives. I know she will be dearly missed.

  • DeLynna McFather Posted February 2, 2018 2:01 pm

    Many blessing and love for you and your family at this time.

  • Karen Mason Posted February 6, 2018 10:14 pm

    I’m so sorry about your mom, Sue. And Marcia and Mark. I’m always a few days behind in reading my papers so I didn’t see this until today. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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