Our beautiful mother, Phyllis Uarda Perkins Rigdon, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2013 after spending the last several days of her life visiting and expressing her love for her family.
Phyllis was born on August 31, 1924 to Daniel and Margaret Perkins in Bluff, UT. She was raised in Blanding, UT with her three brothers and a sister: Mardan, Clayton, Connie and Jim.
After graduating, from South High School in Salt Lake City, she was called to serve the Lord in the East Central States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While on her mission she met her future husband James Waldon Rigdon. Upon her return and James’ conversion to the church, they were married on March 8, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity.
They had five children: Mike, Dan, Alan, Randy and Donna, whom she loved unconditionally. In 1978, James died of a heart attack, leaving Phyllis to raise the children on her own.
Phyllis was a determined and loving mother that met the challenges head on. She worked at RC Willey and retired in 1989. Phyllis lived in South Salt Lake for over 50 years. She has 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren whom she loved to be with.
Phyllis loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Reading was her passion; she could start and finish a book easily in one day and could never get enough books. She spent many hours knitting afghans for her children and grandchildren and enjoyed working on her family’s genealogy.
Phyllis served the church in many callings including working with the Young Women, Relief Society and Primary. She was an avid BYU fan and very seldom missed watching a game on TV.
She is survived by her sons and a daughter; Mike (Deanna), Dan (VaLynn), Alan (Kris), Randy (Ludaun) and Donna; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; her brother Jim “By” Perkins; along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband James Rigdon, her parents Daniel and Margaret and her siblings Mardan, Clayton and Connie.
Funeral services were June 8, 2013 at the Wandamere Ward. Interment at the Redwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, West Jordan, UT.
Online guest book at www.memorialutah.com.