Nora Mae Riggs Eason

Nora Mae Riggs Eason went home to the Lord and loved ones who passed before her when she left us on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in her home.  She was surrounded by her loving family all to whom she totally devoted herself and who also loved her dearly and faithfully.  She exemplified love, care and concern of others throughout her life.

Nora was born on October 15, 1932 to Gladys Pauline Morgan Riggs and Perry A. Riggs in Pomeroy, Ohio.  Nora grew up in the Flatwoods Community on the family farm with her sister Joan Riggs Johnson, now of Atlanta, Georgia.  Nora attended Chester Elementary and Pomeroy High School, graduating in the PHS Class of 1950.  After high school she attended the Holzer School of Nursing and earned her Registered Nurse License, which she maintained for many decades.  Nora met Robert Hayes Eason while attending nursing school and they married on July 4, 1953.  Nora utilized her nursing training in raising her four children.  She was a very skilled nurse and she used those skills while being completely dedicated and taking special care of their oldest daughter, Angela Lee Eason, who had severe Cerebral Palsy.  Angela, who was not expected to live after her birth, survived and enjoyed life for 43 years, due to the extraordinary care and dedication of Nora and Bob.  Nora made sure Angela was given every opportunity to not only survive, but thrive as an active part of the family, attending church, community events and all her siblings’ sports and music activities through the years.  

Nora also had a special place in her heart and worked hard throughout her lifetime for special needs children and adults.  She did this through her dedication to the development and continuation of what is now known at Carlton School and Meigs Industries, her work for United Cerebral Palsy and the Center for Human Development at Ohio University.

Additionally, long after Nora retired and after Angela passed away, Nora and Bob dedicated land in the Chester, Ohio area for a ball park and community recreation area, known as the Angela Eason Memorial Park.  She took great pleasure in seeing dedicated community members come together and make the Angela Eason Memorial Park operational for the youth in our community.

Nora is survived by her three children, Robert R. (Beverly) Eason, Linda R. (Jeff) Warner, and Hubert (Susan) Eason; 4 grandchildren, Amanda Eason, Robert Jay (Jessica Cleland) Warner, David Warner, and Bostic Eason and her sister, Joan Riggs (Marty) Johnson, Nieces, Marta L. Johnson (Van) Sliger and Paula Johnson (Ed) Hampton, great nieces and nephews, cousins and wonderful group of friends.

In addition to her parents Nora was predeceased by her husband of 49-1/2 years, her very dear daughter, Angela Lee Eason and a special nephew Mark Johnson.

Nora’s family shall receive guests at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5 – 8 p.m. and the funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 a.m.  The services will be conducted by Rev. Randy Smith and Rev. Wesley Thoene.  Internment will follow at the Meigs Memory Gardens.

​The family wants to give special thanks for the Pleasant Valley Hospital Home Heath and Hospice staff, the wonderful in-home caregivers who helped with the 24-hour care the last two weeks of Nora’s earthly life.  The nurses and caretakers include: Tina, Sheryl, Vicky, Sam, Meigs County Holzer Emergency Room, The James Cancer Center, Barb, Anita, Connie, Keri, Nancy, Lisa, and Karen.

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Angela Eason Memorial Park, c/o Treasurer Marty Cline 36299 Flatwoods Road, Pomeroy, OH  45769.

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