Kathleen Louise (Riggs) Seward, 67, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Hospice of North Idaho’s Schneidmiller House, where she received amazing and loving care.
Kathleen was born October 16, 1951, to Frank M. and Joanne G. (Sande) Riggs in Coeur d’Alene. Kathy lived her entire life in the Coeur d’Alene area, with the last 36 years being in Dalton Gardens.
Kathy graduated from Coeur d’Alene Senior High in 1969. She then attended North Idaho College studying art, and also attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle.
Kathy worked in many arenas during her life, her first job being at The Wagon Wheel Drive-in. She then worked for Harts and Klotz Drug Stores, Boise Cascade, Century 21 Town & Country Realty, and Troutman’s Emporium. Kathy also owned Aspen Kennels in Hayden and later ended her working career with the State of Idaho, retiring in 2009.
Along with her son, Bert, Kathy was very involved with the Coeur d’Alene Eagles team of Special Olympics Idaho for many years. Together, they traveled to regional, state and national events. During this period, they both developed deep and long-lasting friendships with Pam Ferguson and Eric Teall.
In her leisure time, Kathy enjoyed traveling, camping, growing flowers, collecting things, and TV cooking shows. Kathy also helped to maintain the long-held Norwegian family tradition of preparing lutefisk every Christmas Eve, a fish dish enjoyed by only a few, but truly loved by Kathy.
Kathy was preceded in death by her son Bertrand Wayne Seward in 2016, and her parents Frank and Joanne Riggs in 1996, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her sister Sandee Riggs, brother & sister-in-law Ron & Sandy Riggs, brother & sister-in-law Jack Riggs & Sandy Patano Riggs; nieces & nephews Tracie (Riggs) Riekena, Brandy (Riggs) Reinhardy, Aaron Riggs, Shannon (Riggs) Erwin, Peter Riggs, Jennifer (Riggs) Drake, Jordy Patano, and their respective families, all of the Coeur d’Alene area; and her favorite and only maternal aunt & uncle Tom & Lolita [Sande] Casto of Spokane.
A memorial service will be held Thursday July 18th at 3:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N 5th St followed by a wake.