Gwendolyn Downing Riggin


Ms. Gwendolyn Downing Riggin, 92, a native and resident of Myrtle Grove, Machipongo, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late James W. Downing and the late Dorothy Higbee Downing.

Gwen was a most talented pianist, a retired hairdresser, a business owner and a lover of the land, the people, flowers, fishing, and animals.

She was predeceased by her son, Ross-Eric Markham Riggin, and is survived by 3 children, Carla Shaarda and her husband, Jerry, of Machipongo, Kate Ward and her husband, A.C., of Machipongo, and Lanie Nadeau and her husband, Jim, of Exmore; five grandchildren, Bret Doughty and his wife, Joyce, Marina Bell and her husband, Steve, Taylor Nadeau, Cassie Nadeau, and Arian Riggin; numerous loving nieces, a nephew, and cousins. She is also survived by two sisters of Myrtle Grove, Faye Wilson and Delores Bott, but was predeceased by her sister, Constance Keech.

A private graveside service was conducted Monday, July 12, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Red Bank Cemetery in Marionville.

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Arrangements were made by Holland Funeral Home in Nassawadox.

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