Patricia “Pat” Ann Riggan Featherston, age 73, passed from her earthly life Friday, May 12, 2023. She was born in Merkel, Texas November 2, 1949 to Lonnie Murrel Riggan and Willie Mae Davis Riggan.
She spent most of her growing up years in Mulberry Canyon. She graduated from Trent High School in 1968. She accomplished so much and was a great athlete. She was fortunate enough to have been coached by Ralph Newton in basketball, volleyball, and track. As a freshman, she scored the final two points of a winning state basketball championship. She won Sportsmanship awards two years in a row at Hardin Simmons basketball tournaments and making several all-tournament teams. As a senior, she was a Texas All State basketball player. She also went to state in long jump and triple jump.
After graduation, Ann worked for the Bland family at Cal-Tex Feed Yards. She was always a hard worker. In 1969, she married Mike Rice and they were blessed with a son, Brandon Lee.
Throughout the years, she was employed at many places. She worked as a secretary, a manager, and a bookkeeper, with many of those years in the oil and gas industry. On April 25, 1998, she married David Featherston. They have spent many years enjoying motorcycle adventures and ranching, with her favorite things at the ranch being the flowers and the big oak tree.
She is greatly loved by her fifteen nieces and nephews and her great nieces and nephews, some of which call her “Grandma Ann” and “Mimi”. Over the years, she has brought much laughter and joy to all their lives. She has been the bunny at Easter, the reindeer at Christmas, and who knows what she might show up as at Halloween. She was always cutting up and making everyone laugh. Her spirit of fun will be missed, although she has some nieces and nephews who are carrying on her traditions.
One of her great recent highlights was the birth of her great grandson, Lincoln James Gibson, she loved him deeply.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Ann “Pat” is survived by her husband, David Featherston, son Brandon Rice and wife Rose Marie of Forth Worth; grandsons: Jacob and wife Torre Gibson of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Lucas and wife Kelee Gibson of Fort Worth, and great grandson Lincoln James Gibson. Her brothers: Lonnie and wife Teresa Riggan of Merkel, Tim and wife Dianna Riggan of Snyder, sister: Jane and husband Bill Clark of Merkel, sister-in-laws: Sara Goldsmith of Abilene and Carolyn Northcutt of Abilene. Additionally, fifteen nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews and other family members and friends who will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be from 5 -7 p.m., Thursday May 18, 2023 at Starbuck Funeral Home. Graveside service will be he at 10 a.m., May 19, 2023 at White Church Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Starbuck Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to White Church Cemetery, Pioneer Memorial Methodist Church, or Mulberry Canyon Fire Department.
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