October 04, 1924 ‒ December 31, 2017
LEXINGTON: To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible, to do so year after year as a second grade teacher is to be Kathleen Pigman! With a personality that belied her small stature, Kathleen filled her Lexington Central Elementary School classroom with character and love for 30 years – though she taught her students, Kathleen loved her pupils through their formative years.
Kathleen Pigman passed into the Lord’s care Sunday evening December 31, 2017 in Avita Health System in Ontario. She was 93.
Kathleen was born October 4, 1924 to parents Pete & Isabelle (Combs) Browning in Hardburly, KY. After Kathleen was graduated from high school, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Berea College in KY.
On September 13, 1947, she married Frank O. Pigman and they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1990. They are now together again.
Kathleen worked for Lexington Local Schools, where she worked for over 30 years teaching 2nd grade until retiring in 1990. She attended Diamond Hills Baptist Church in Mansfield.
In her spare time, she took pleasure in walking and visiting with her neighbors. Kathleen was active and outgoing and loved gardening in the sunshine. She and her sister Ruth were as close as twins and enjoyed wintering in Ft. Myers Beach, FL for 19 years.
She is survived by her sons Frank of Lexington, Ed (Cindy) of Highland Heights, and Dave (Chris) of Mansfield; grandchildren Dustin, Benjamin, Andrew, Michael, Collin, Courtney, Ethan, and Chase; great-grandchildren Adaea, Caydez, Kaleb, Shayla, Kathleen, Andrew P., Penelope, Garrin, and Miles; sister Vera Cottrell of Arlington, VA; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends and neighbors Joe & Mary Streib and Earl & Gloria Shade.
In addition to her loving husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her parents; sons Ron and Pete; granddaughter Kristen; and siblings Wilmer Browning, Elmer Browning, Ruth Heym, and Marie Devereux.
Her family will receive friends Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Kathleen’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will speak and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the Lexington Branch of the Richland County Public Library may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Kathleen’s family and encourage you to share a memory & watch her video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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