Sylvia Sue Riggs Gates, 66, of Bradford, went to be with the Lord January 10, 2020 at her residence. She was born February 19, 1953 at Kanab, Utah to the late Edwin Riggs and Gracie Chappell Riggs Hawkins.
Sylvia was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a graduate of Kanab High School. She was a colorful person and lived life to its fullest. All the trials, tribulations, happiness, grief and side roads she experienced molded her into the very unique woman she was. She held several occupations throughout life including a dispatcher in the capital for the Utah Highway Patrol, cosmetologist, EMT, secretary for the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, a re-enactor for Western Gun Fights in Kanab, Utah, and a clerk in the North Rim of The Grand Canyon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James Riggs and David Chappell Riggs and sister-in-law, Marilyn Riggs.
She is survived by two daughters, Lesa Marie Laubham (Russell) of Bradford and Rebecka Decker of Salt Lake City, Utah; one son, James Hudson Gates of Cedar City, Utah; six grandchildren, Colby Weymouth (Jessica), Mickayla Weymouth (Jordan), Gracie Marie Decker, James Hudson Gates, Jr., Tucker Lee Laubham, and Benjamin Gates; three great grandchildren, Hayden James, Jeremiah, and Greyson; two sisters, Gracie Caroline Davis (Kenny) of St. George, Utah, and Joyce Knapton (Garry) of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister-in-law Susie Riggs of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Edwin Riggs of St. George, Utah and Tim Riggs (Robin) of Cedar City, Utah.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in the Sullivan Memorial Chapel.
The family would like to share a special thanks to Harold Hill and Johna Baker and her family at Shenandoah as well as Elite Hospice, as without their excellent care, the family wouldn’t have been allowed the opportunity for a peaceful passing at home.
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