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Martha Riggle

March 30, 1924-April 23, 2011

Martha Riggle, 87, of rural Ogema, died Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. The visitation will continue at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Christian Fellowship Church in Detroit Lakes, with pastors Tim Rice and Jim Erb officiating. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Richwood.

Martha Dodd Riggle was born to Silas and Delphia (Hartman) Dodd on March 30, 1924 in Vergas. She moved with her family to Frazee, where she was raised and educated. The family moved to the Strawberry Lake area of rural Ogema.

Martha worked for the Comstock Hotel in Moorhead. She was united in marriage to Joseph Riggle October 12, 1944 in Breckenridge. They lived in Frazee, Fargo, Salem, Ore., and Portland, Ore., prior to returning to the Strawberry Lake area in 1966.

Martha worked for Swift and Company in Detroit Lakes. Her husband Joe died in 1999.

Martha enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren; flower gardening, singing and most of all, her Lord, Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her children, David (Violet) of Callaway, Joseph Jr. of Fargo, Linda (Jim) Gerving of Callaway and Connie (Paul) Mosher of Detroit Lakes; 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Joseph, Martha was preceded in death by a son, Jerry; an infant daughter, Diane; a grandson, Christopher Riggle; as well as four sisters and seven brothers.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorials may be shared online at