Nancee Kay Riggs was born Nancee Kay Mazewski Oct. 6, 1948, in Anaheim, Calif., to Helen and Stanley Mazewski and left this earthly plane April 12, 2018, in Caldwell, Idaho.
When Nancee was 18 months old, Helen and she moved to the Reeves Ranch which was owned and run by Nancee’s family, the Twillegars’ of Riggins, Idaho. This is where Nancee learned her love of horses, ranching, and living the pioneer lifestyle that later in life she experienced every chance she got.
Nancee’s love and talent of music manifested itself by the age of three years old. Her music flourished into a life of entertaining people of all ages and of any and all occasions. Anytime Nancee touched an instrument, be it a piano, guitar, fiddle, banjo, or even a pair of spoons, they became extensions of Nancee’s heart and soul and through music she shared the greatest parts of herself with the world around her.
Nancee experienced several lines of work. She was a beautician and owned her own beauty shop in Riggins for a number of years. Then she sold her shop and began bartending, in which she rotated between the Short Branch, Summervilles, and the Seven Devils for several more years. Her path then took her back to the mountains on horseback that she loved the most. She did everything from wrangling cows and being camp cook to cooking and some may say being an assistant guide for hunting camps. She would often quote, “I have been places that a footprint has never been seen and a human voice has never been heard.” She then was able to see the United States by means of working for OK Catering as a cook. However, it was not until she was back home in Riggins, Idaho, that the job of her dreams came her way. She became caretaker and cook of the Polly Bemus Ranch up the Big River of the Main Salmon. She made certain that the people who came to the ranch were treated as family rather than guests.
Nancee’s soul left this earth April 12, 2018 at the West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, with her daughters at her side.
Nancee is survived by her two daughters, Kendi Camacho, of Weiser, Idaho and Candi Lysiak, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She also will be missed by five grandchildren as well as eight great grandchildren whom she shared with Larry Chapman, “Chappy”, her second husband, also of Riggins, Idaho.
Those who greeted her on the other side are her mother, Helen Mazewski; her uncle, Ken Twillegar; grandparents, Minnie and Roy Twillegar; Doug Hayes; and her three fur children, Butch, Dumpy, and Jake; as well as a host of other friends and family who have been awaiting her arrival.
Nancee will be missed dearly; however, through stories, memories, and music she continues to live on.
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