Mildred E. Riggs, 76

Public health nurse

January 27, 2007

Mildred E. "Randy" Riggs, a retired public health nurse, died Tuesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Odenton home. She was 76.

Born Mildred Marando in New York City, she was raised in Delmar, Del., where her parents ran a motel.

She was a 1948 Delmar High School graduate and its class valedictorian. She then moved to Baltimore, where she attended Union Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing and earned her diploma in 1951.

She was a public health nurse who traveled throughout the city from a base in West Baltimore. She treated and identified cases of tuberculosis, among other illnesses.

From 1980 to 1995, she served as a clinic staff director for the Anne Arundel County Health Department, first at the Meade Village Center and then at the Odenton Health Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1419 Odenton Road, Odenton.

Survivors include a son, Robert R. Riggs of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Laura Riggs of Odenton; and three grandchildren. Her huband of nearly 30 years, Joe R. Riggs, who owned a roof truss business, died in 1985.

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