Mary Christine Rigger, 56, longtime art teacher

August 11, 2006

Mary Christine Rigger, who retired in June from a 26-year career teaching art at a Catholic school in Ellicott City, died of ovarian cancer Saturday at her Ellicott City home. She was 56.

Born Mary Christine McNally in Baltimore, she was raised in Catonsville and graduated from Catonsville High School in 1967.

She graduated from Catonsville Community College in 1970 with a degree in early childhood education and briefly attended what is now Towson University.

She taught first grade at Catholic elementary schools in the area before marrying James Rigger in 1971. She joined the faculty of Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City in 1980.

Known as "Cricket," she was a leader in the local chapter of Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-American organization, and participated in the Hibernians' annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Baltimore.

Mrs. Rigger, who had held an annual Mother's Day softball picnic with extended family since the mid-1980s, was an avid traveler and had visited New York City frequently with her daughter and friends in recent years.

She was member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

She is survived by her husband, a project manager for Eureka Concrete, a commercial construction company; a son, James Robert Rigger Jr. of Chesapeake City, Va.; a daughter, Jessica Metz of Woodstock; a brother, Herbert O. McNally of Woodstock; and three grandchildren.

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