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Norma Lee Nowell Riggs

03/13/1929 - 02/13/2021
Visitation Date: 02/26/2021
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: City of Mesa

Norma Lee Nowell Riggs was called home February 13, 2021 peacefully at home with loved ones surrounding her, one month before her 92nd birthday. Norma was born March 13, 1929 in Gilbert, Arizona to Ernest Glen Nowell & Genevieve Crandall. She graduated from Mesa High School in 1946 and married Billy Riggs July 18, 1947.

Norma was manager for Arizona Bank, Mesa Main Street Office and promoted to Area Operations, which put her in charge of several branches. Her next promotion was Vice President of Operations. She retired in 1989.

She was involved with Community Action Network, United Way, and other community organizations in Mesa.

The love of her life was her family, Sandy Walter (David), daughter and her three sons Kent (Terri), Craig (Vicki), and Scott (Cyndy), her twenty grandchildren, and her fifty-nine great grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind two sisters, Mary Helen Beasley (Stan), and Debbie Amos (Mike).

She was an outstanding member of her community, her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her neighborhood, and her family, always serving and meeting the needs of those around her.

Visitation is Friday, February 26th, 6-8pm, Bunker’s Family Funeral Home at 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ.

For family only: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held Saturday, February 27th, with viewing at 10am, followed by the service which will be at 11am in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 1852 N Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ 85203.

The service can be accessed using this Zoom link: (Norma Riggs Funeral Feb 27, 2021 11:00 AM AZ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86548268284?pwd=aEhYM0hlU3dsejk3Wng5Z3hkTFFtZz09 865 4826 8284 Passcode: 900866)


  • Judy Johnson Abney

    Sandy was a good friend in our elementary school days and her home across the street from the school was always a welcome place for us thanks to her sweet and beautiful mother. She was and is a beautiful lady in all ways as is Sandy. In the 60s my Dad used to send me down to the bank from his office on McDonald with strict instructions to ask for Norma to help me with my transaction. Norma, Anita Farnsworth and Shirley Huffaker were such great church leaders and so kind to my Mom and Dad in their aging years. Norma Riggs lived mortal life very well. Sending my love to Sandy and her brothers.

  • My sincere condolences to everyone who knew and loved Mrs. Riggs. I didn’t know her well, but it was easy to see her quiet and constant strength, her tireless work ethic, her resourcefulness, and the kindness she showed me when we met. I feel fortunate for having known her.

  • On behalf of the Retirees of The Arizona Bank and Bank of America, we send our deepest condolences to Norma’s entire family. Norma’s worked with all of us for many years and was an active member of our Retiree Network. We extend our wishes for comfort and healing to all who knew her

  • Vicki and I send our sincere condolences to the Riggs family. May the Lord bless and comfort you at this sad time!

  • Super Lady, Rest in peace

  • Spencer and Becky Price

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are so fortunate to have know Norma and her smiling face. May the comfort of the Spirit be with everyone at this time. She will be greatly missed.

  • I knew Norma when I went to work as a teller in her branch downtown Mesa I think it was 1977 I was a young 21-22 yr old she was so sweet and always helped me thru tough times at the bank. I thought about her often after I left in 1981

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