Elizabeth L.
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Pelham, NH - Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend;
Elizabeth L. "Liz" (DeWaard) Rigby, 38, of Pelham, N.H., died unexpectedly Tuesday September 17, 2019 at her home.
She was the loving wife of Richard R. Rigby of Pelham, who survives her.
Born in Mason City, Iowa, October 30, 1980, the daughter of Duane and Julie (Gerdes) DeWaard, Liz was a graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School, and as a member of the girls Varsity Basketball team scored over 1000 points in her career.
Liz went on to graduate Minnesota State University in 2003 where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Currently, Liz was working as a Registered Nurse at Pentucket Medical, an Urgent Care facility in Lawrence.
Her passion in life was being a mom. She found joy in staying home with her daughter and experiencing each new milestone right along with her. She was a consummate care giver and was always thinking of others. She loved to travel to experience God's creation.
Before becoming a wife and a mother, Liz found her calling working as a nurse. Although she worked in hospitals all over the country, she thrived in the Emergency Room of a Trauma One hospital in Tucson, Ariz. There her ability to be calm under pressure as well as other God given abilities allowed her to excel in her field.
Besides her husband and parents, Liz is survived by a daughter Katie R. Rigby of Pelham; a sister Emily Lewis and her husband Matthew of Byron, Minnesota; a brother Benjamin DeWaard and his wife Melissa of Lincoln, Nebraska; her in laws and several nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Lucas DeWaard who died in 2011.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Service and Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Crossroad Church, 43 Atwood Road in Pelham at 1 p.m.. E-condolences at www.pelhamfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Diabetes Assn., 260 Cochituate Rd., Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701 or the Easterseals, Attn: Online Giving Coordinator, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606. Arrangements by the Pelham Funeral Home (603) 635-3333 [Call: (603) 635-3333]
Published on September 20, 2019


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Denny Buns
Sep 22, 2019
Very sorry to hear about Liz I will always remember her coming up with her dad to play basketball she was a feisty girl with a big heart! God Bless and take care.
Mark & Shelby Rasmussen
Sep 21, 2019
Duane, Julie and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our hearts go out to all of you in this extremely difficult time. May God give you the strength to always remember the love and sunshine she brought into your lives. May God hold you tight and comfort you. There are no words for the pain of a parent to have to endure this twice in a lifetime. May her daughter be showered in love, pictures and memories of her as she grows. We hold you near our hearts and in our prayers. May God give you all strength.
Larry and Mary Reddel, Wesley IA
Sep 20, 2019
Dear family of Elizab. We have known Elizabeth's family for years and were stunned and saddened to hear of her passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn and Myra Millet
Sep 20, 2019
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Sep 20, 2019
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