Bette Riggs

March 15, 1922 - February 13, 2014

03/15/1922 - 02/13/2014

RIGGS, Bette, of Wheeling, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Bette owned and operated a thriving Antique dealership called, Little Ranch Antiques, with her late husband, Albert Lee Riggs Wellsburg for more than 40 years, catering to dealers all over the United States.

A skilled seamstress and artist, Bette was specialist in antique dolls, including their appraisal and restoration. She started a doll hospital, where she restored and dressed over 1000 dolls in her lifetime and was a popular lecturer on their history.

Three daughters survive her, Cheryl Riggs Joseph Robert Joseph, M.D. of Wheeling, Diana Riggs Artman Bernard C. Artman of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Donna Riggs of Bradenton, FL; two grandsons, Mark Joseph, M.D. Penny Dillion of Asheville, NC, and Timothy Joseph Cheryl Heslop of Wheeling; and four great grandsons, Alex Joseph and Evan Joseph of Asheville, NC, and Ian Joseph and Logan Joseph of Wheeling.

Friends will be received on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm and on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 10am until the time of funeral service at 11am the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling with Rev. Debra Dague officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Easter Seals, 1305 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003 an organization that was dear to her heart, and where she devoted her time for many years.

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Linda & Roger Clark
7 years ago

A beautiful woman and beloved mother.

Circumstances keep us from being able to attend the services, but our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Heartfelt sympathy and love, from Linda Iannarelli & Roger.

Bob & Judy McNabb
7 years ago

Cheryl, Bob, children and grandchildren our deepest sympathy. We loved Bette and will miss her very much. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love and sympathy-

Bob and Judy

Ed and Joann Riggs
7 years ago

Cheryl,Diana,Donna,and all family members…I know this is a very sad time for everyone…Bette was a wonderful loving Mom and friend to many….. Know that we will be thinking of you during this time of heartbreak…. You will always have wonderful memories to look back on…. We will be with you in spirit and thought….. Ed and Joann

LuAnn Coleman
7 years ago

Dear Cheryl,Diana and Donna, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. Bette was a great woman, friend to many and most of all a loving mother. Keep her forever in your hearts.

Lawna Blankenship
7 years ago

Diana, Donna, Cheryl and the loved ones of Bette, you have my deepest sympathy. Bette was a strong, loving, and warm presence during the many gatherings hosted by Diana and Bernie. She will be missed.

Linda Gail Coleman
7 years ago

Diana, Donna, Cheryl….My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today.Memories of your dear Mother will last forever in our hearts. As loving friends since childhood, I wish you peace, strength and love during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Bette, and until we meet again may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Jamie McFerran Halcom
7 years ago

My deepest condolences for your family at this time. I have wonderful memories of the fun my sister and I had at Bette’s house the summers we visited our grandfather. Just recently played The Peanut Butter and Jelly Game with my son, introduced to us by Bette, and it gave me great pleasure to pass on a favorite summer past time. She was loved and will be missed.

Becky & Bob McFerran
7 years ago

Your mother was a wonderful part of our lives for many years. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

Benita Gillespie
7 years ago

Your mother was a wonderful person. We are going to miss Bette. We spent time with her when she would repair our dolls. We would go out to lunch and sit and talk for hours about antiques,dolls and teddy bears . Benita & Jim Gillespie