Rita Grace (Taylor) Coggins

Jan 2, 2014 Staff

Rita Grace (Taylor) Coggins, formerly of Fremont County, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Casper. She was 84 years old.

A private service will be at a later date.

Rita Grace Coggins was born March 10, 1929, in O'Neill, Neb., the daughter of Lee and Helen Taylor.

Mrs. Coggins, the seventh of eight girls, grew up in O'Neill, Neb., until 1936 when her family relocated to a homestead near Kinnear. She lived in Kinnear for roughly eight years and then moved with her family to Dubois.

She met Eldo "Rip" Coggins while waitressing at the Harris Cafe in Dubois. After several months of dances, picnics and boat rides, they married Nov. 28, 1947, in Kinnear.

Her husband eventually built their dream home on Alaska Road in Paradise Valley of Riverton, and together they started a business raising tomatoes in greenhouses. Her family said she loved working in her greenhouses and visiting with her customers. She will be remembered by many for her delicious tomatoes and good business.

She is survived by her granddaughters, Rita (Joe) Pekuri and her children Mickelle and Kaleigh, and Linda (David) Macalister; great-grandchild Antionette Bisbee and her child Xander; son Lloyd (Sheri) Coggins; sister Dorothy (Anton) Zlatnik; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mabel Ann, Mildred, Lela, Esther, Donna and Phyllis; husband Rip Coggins; and daughter Lila Bisbee.

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