Rigney, Priscilla Ann
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November 25, 1921 - March 7, 2019
Priscilla was born in Lincoln, NE, to parents Lola and Richard Stryker, on November 25, 1921. As she was born on Thanksgiving Day, her birthdays were annually celebrated on Thanksgiving Day. She lived her young life there and later in Omaha, NE, where her parents moved while Priscilla was in high school.
Priscilla had a great sense of humor, loved Jazz music and dancing, and had a fondness for dogs as pets. She was fashion conscious all her life and dressed exquisitely even to the end of her life. Her friendliness helped make friends throughout her life in every setting.
She started her modeling career very young, and was involved with clothing modeling all during WW-II. She won a national newspaper modeling contest with a picture called “Laughing Ann”, which was seen throughout the U.S. when she was only 16 years old. She was actively engaged in the USO, helping entertain the military troops passing through Omaha at that time.
She became one of the early Powers Agency models and spent several years working in the automotive industry auto shows working alongside the new auto models in Detroit.
Later in Houston, TX, she modeled for a variety of local events, such as new hotel openings. She remained a beautiful woman right to the end.
She was active physically for many years in her life, including being an active water skier and motorcycle rider, accompanied by her son. At 90 years of age she took up music and played the piano keyboard. Her favorite song was Satin Doll, which was also played at her wedding with Brandon.
She was fond of interacting with her five grandchildren.
She was a resident of Dallas beginning in 1960, and lived there several times, with periods of residence in San Diego and Omaha. She lived in a retirement home in Dallas at the end of her life. She passed away on March 7, 2019.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Brandon Rigney; a daughter Sandie Lampe, of La Jolla, CA; a son Philip (Scooter) Welch, Jr. of Omaha, NE, and his wife Christine; five grandchildren, Mark Lampe and Stryker Lampe of Scottsdale, AZ; Jeffrey Welch, Mark Welch, Melissa Welch De La Rosa of Omaha, NE; and four great-grandchildren; and a nephew Jess Rusmisel of Las Vegas, NV.
Priscilla had one sister, Jane Rusmisel, who pre-deceased her.
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