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Ruth F. Riggs

August 1, 2020


Ruth F. Riggs of Southampton Estates passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2020.  She was 102 years old.  Ruth was the beloved wife of the late George H. Riggs, Jr. with whom she had shared over 70 years of marriage.  She was born in Philadelphia a daughter of the late Calvin and Anna Frederick.

A graduate of Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing and was an avid reader.  She was the matriarch of the family whose wisdom, kind nature, sharp mind and great life lessons will be missed by her family.  Ruth was proud of being a four-time cancer survivor and having struggled with blindness, was a member of a low vision group.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Ruthann Eynon (and her late husband Thomas R. Eynon), five grandchildren; Debra Exarchos (Evangelos Exarchos), Diane Eynon (Lorretto Higgins), Jennifer Eynon, Marti Hottenstein (Eric Moser), Margaret Eynon (Tudor Eynon), ten great-grandchildren and ten great- great grandchildren.  Ruth was preceded in death by her brother Merrill Fredrick and his wife Elizabeth and a sister Eleanor Gagus and her husband Bill. 

Services and interment for Ruth will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be sent to Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1500 Spring Garden Street, Suite 230, Philadelphia, PA 19130 or at

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