Cheryl Dunn Riggs, 66, died peacefully in her home on March 8, 2012. Cherie was born in Montclair, NJ on September 25, 1945. She was one of four girls, and is survived by two of her sisters: Sandra Heffernan of Katonah, NY and Janice Chiodi of Mahwah, NJ. She was predeceased by her oldest sister, Marlene Payne.
Cherie was raised in Ridgewood, NJ by her mother, Dorothy Darling Dunn, after the premature death of her father, Millard John Dunn. She is a graduate of Ridgewood High School, Davis and Elkins College (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MA). She served two churches as a Director of Christian Education: the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Twp, NJ and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR. She then shifted her professional focus to serve the larger community. From 1987-1999 she was the Asst. Director of the Cancer Information Service at Fox Chase Cancer Center. From 2000-2010 she served as the Director of the Lancaster Campaign, a program of the Lancaster Alliance.
Cherie was a patient at Fox Chase Cancer Center for 8 years during which time she participated in four clinical drug trials. Her willingness led to two of these drugs being approved as new standards of care. However, her chief legacy is the way people experienced themselves when they were around her. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her strong faith, her contagious smile, her wonderful sense of humor, and her willingness to share her balanced perspective on life as she listened to the concerns of others.
She will be missed the most by her immediate family: her husband of 42 years, the Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs, pastor of First Presbyterian Church; her daughter, Holly Jeannine Riggs; her son, Timothy Scott Riggs; and her grandchildren, Emma and Nya Riggs.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church 140 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Hackett, officiating. The family will receive guests from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the church, and immediately following the memorial service from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Shirk Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.