Valorie Candland Riggs, 77, was peacefully called home on Thursday, July 30th, 2020. She was surrounded by family in her home in Mesa, Arizona. Valorie was born on Jan. 7, 1943 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Harold and Eva Candland.
Valorie was preceded in death by her late husband, Charl Riggs Sr. who passed away just two months earlier after celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. Her legacy will continue through her 9 children Charl (Sheli), Kimberly (Barry) Thomas, Marie (Clark) Fullmer, Duane (Colleen), Clayton (Kim), Don (Shanda), Ammon (Kim), Sterling (Linnea), Natalie (Brandon) Connolly, her 43 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Valorie was also preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Eva Candland. She is survived by her four remaining brothers Harold, John, Noel, Bill, and sister Eve Anderson.
She earned a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Brigham Young University where she met her husband Charl Riggs. They eventually moved to Mesa, Arizona where they lived in the same home raising their 9 children for the remaining 51 years.
Valorie formed a book club in 1973 where 9 participants met monthly until the last months of her life. She was active in the Reflections Singing Group and while a member of the Arizona Young Mothers Council was nominated as Young Mother of the Year for the State of Arizona.
She was a loving wife that was devoted to her family, and you would often find her attending one of her children/grandchildren’s events.
She was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Throughout her life, she served in numerous capacities for the church including Stake Missionary, Stake Girls Camp Director, Ward Relief Society President, and Ward and Stake Young Women’s President. She later served a mission with her eternal companion, Charl Sr. in the Mexico, Monterey mission. She was a righteous loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother friend, who loved her Savior Jesus Christ by living his teachings throughout her life.
A Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, Aug. 7th, 2020 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201 (ALL ARE WELCOME to the Visitation). Due to current conditions, a private funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, Aug. 8th, 2020 (All are invited to view the funeral service virtually which will be streamed live at the following Zoom link.
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