Rosalie Riggs Drew
Rosalie Riggs Drew, 89, of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on October 27, 2019 with her husband William Drew by her side. Rosalie was born on August 27th, 1930 to Vernon and Myrtle Riggs in Britton, Oklahoma. Rosalie grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma and as a young women moved to California and worked for a Geological Firm and also pursued a modeling career. In 1952 she married Walter Gregory in El Cajon, California and to this union 4 children were born; Stanley, Steven, Amy and Bruce. She enjoyed taking the family to all the wonderful beaches and also enjoyed camping. In 1966 Rosalie moved back to Oklahoma to be closer to family and in 1967 she began working in the Deans office of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University until she retired in 1995.
In 1977 she married William Drew, a Professor of Entomology at OSU and his daughter Denise Drew at their home in Stillwater. This union was a most joyous day for Rosalie and family. She was an active member of Stillwater's Town & Gown Theater from 1968 to 1980. She also served as an Auxiliary Volunteer for Stillwater Medical Center from 1998 to 2013. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Cimarron Valley Quilters Guild for over 26 years. Rosalie was a very artistic person and enjoyed sculpting, drawing and painting and had won several awards in Bust Sculpting. Also she loved and enjoyed cooking and gardening and always made holidays a special time.
Rosalie always had a loving and caring influence on other people and will be remembered and cherished by those who knew her.

Rosalie is survived by her husband William Drew of Stillwater, Oklahoma, her sister Martha Cain and brother Don Riggs both of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Her children Stanley Gregory of San Antonio, Texas. Steven Gregory and wife Deena of La Porte, Colorado. Denise Drew of Monrovia, California. Amy Sams of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Bruce Gregory of Bonner Springs, Kansas. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren are Jason Gregory of San Marcos, Texas and his 2 sons Ty of San Marcos, Texas and Liam of Civitavecchia, Italy. Brice Gregory and his wife Kelsey and daughter Kimmey Jarae of Ellettsville, Indiana. Chase Gregory of and wife Kelsey and son Emmett of Eaton, Colorado. Justin Gregory of Denver, Colorado. Ann Marie Gregory of Wellington, Colorado. Will Gregory of Longmont, Colorado. Jessica Sherwood of Kansas City, Missouri. Lucas Sams and wife Heather of Austin, Texas. Jacob Sams of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Nephews and Nieces are Fern Gildhouse of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Vern Gildhouse of Ankara, Turkey. Karen Wiggington of Canyon City, Texas. Susan Fisher of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Donald Henderson and Jimmy Henderson both of Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Michael Riggs and Donnie Riggs both of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Debbie Pelts and Denise Pelts both of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Cherise Pelts Musselman of Los Angeles, California. Jenell Riggs, Sherry Riggs and Verna Riggs of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Rosalie is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Vernon Riggs of San Antonio, Texas and Michael Riggs of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Bill Pelts of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Her sister Marcella Henderson of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Nephews Steve Cain of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Butch Riggs and Roy Riggs of San Antonio, Texas and Patti Henderson of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

No services will be held due to her wishes. He body was donated to Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Medical School at Tulsa, Oklahoma
Published on November 1, 2019


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