DESDEMONA - Hazel Dell Riggs Koonce, 79, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.

A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at St. Joe Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Auvenshine officiating with assistance from Bro. Tim White. Burial followed in Desdemona Cemetery with Nowlin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Hazel was born on May 5, 1928, to Newton Edney and Ethel Gertrude Riggs. Hazel was born and raised in Desdemona where she met and married M.B. Koonce on Oct. 12, 1946. M.B. and Hazel were blessed with their son Rickey on Dec. 22, 1952. She was a member of the St. Joe Baptist Church as well as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother, great-grandmother, and most of all a friend with a kind, fun loving, Godly heart and a listening ear.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Edna Riggs, Kenneth Riggs, Almarie Riggs Fox, and Lora Riggs Jones.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, M.B., her son, Rickey and wife Debbie of Morgan Mill, also, siblings Ruby Hathaway of Stephenville and James Riggs and wife Freda of Desdemona, daughter-in-law Tenia Koonce and three granddaughters, Christal Koonce Cogburn and husband Toby, Courtney Koonce and Chandra Koonce, and two great-grandsons, Zachary and Tyler Cogburn all of Desdemona.

Published Nov. 15, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune