On January 5, 2019, Lucille (Lucy) Rigney, at the age of 91, went to be with our Lord. She was greeted in Heaven by her beloved husband, John D. Rigney. Lucy was born on May 4, 1927, in McKinney, TX. She moved to Lawndale, Calif., in 1951. In 1956, Dad and Mom bought their first home in Torrance, Calif. When Dad retired, they wanted to live where they could fish and enjoy small town living. They found the lovely town of Lake Isabella and moved to that area in 1981. Due to her illness with COPD the last 4 years, she lived in Bakersfield. This allowed her to be close to and cared for by her family.
As a single mother living in Texas, Lucy worked at a peanut butter factory; it took her years to like peanut butter again.
Lucy took classes in clothing construction at El Camino College. She worked in clothing manufacturing for a short time.
Lucy had a great love for the dogs they had over the years. Her favorite two were Susie Q (our first family pet) and their Dachshund, Prissy.
Lucy was active in her community. She was a member of Christian Assembly Church with Dan Hellyer as pastor. She was always excited to bring family members to church with her as visitors, and the pastor and members were friendly and so kind to her. We will always be thankful for their kindness. She missed attending Christian Assembly the last 4 years of her life. Lucy enjoyed attending craft classes in Kernville and TOPS, a local weight loss group. One year she won first place for losing the most weight in a year. During the years Papa John was alive they enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and taking grandkids and family members out to breakfast or lunch to Trade Winds and Dam Korner. It was big news for them to share who in the community caught the largest fish at Lake Isabella.
Lucy is survived by her son, R.V. Kerr Jr. of Granberry, TX; daughters: Barbara Johnson of Fallbrook, Calif.; Ada Clemons of Escondido, Calif.; and Sandra Miller of Bakersfield. Mother had 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Divany Rigney, after 44 years of marriage, and her son, Steven Rigney.
On Mother’s passing she was surrounded by family members in Bakersfield at the residence of Krystina Steed.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, January 19, 1:00 p.m., at Kern River Cemetery: 8441 Burlando Rd., Wofford Heights, Calif., 93285.