Claire Dean Kiggins Stone

Claire Dean Kiggins Stone, 83, died peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2012, as a result of injuries suffered in a fall at her home.

Born March 31, 1928, in East St. Louis, IL

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Parents:  Leslie V. and Bessie I. nee Thompson Kiggins
  • Sister: Elaine Kiggins Fischer, Belleville, IL
  • Special Friend August C. Neff, O'Fallon, IL

She is survived by her:

  • Brother: Dwight L. Kiggins of Belleville, IL
  • Son: Michael R. Stone and his spouse Kristine Lynn Moss Stone of Frankfort, KY
  • Grand Daughters:
    • Leslie Michele Stone of Nashville TN
    • Stephanie Marie Stone, Louisville, KY
  • Niece: Anne Claire Fischer (Dave) Weygandt of Columbia, IL

Claire was a graduate of Belleville Township High School and St. Johns School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse. She later studied for one year at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in advanced operating room management. She was a 35 year employee of Memorial Hospital, beginning her service in 1958 prior to its opening. During her career at Memorial, she was a recovery room supervisor, operating room supervisor and director of central service.  For several years, she taught classes on hospital central service techniques and procedures at Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College). She was a member and Board member of the National Association of Hospital Central Service and co-authored a textbook on central service techniques and procedures. She was an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. She was engaged civicly for many years with the OFallon Junior Women's Club, OFallon, Parent Teachers' Association, and the Mental Health Association of St. Clair County, for which she served one term as Board President.

In her leisure, Claire enjoyed traveling, good restaurants and sharing time with friends and family. She was particularly proud of the accomplishments of her granddaughters.

Memorials:  Flowers are welcome and memorials may be made to Hope Church or Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Monday, February 13, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Rev Jay Krumeich, Hope Church, Belleville, IL will officiate services at Kurrus Funeral Home at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Belleville, Illinois.

Condolences left for Claire Dean Kiggins Stone:

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this time of loss.

    Reeca Carver Frankfort KY 40601

    Mike & Kris -- and family --
    Sorry for your loss. A Mom is very special. Remembering you particularly at this time. Blessings, Brenda Hazell in KY

    Brenda Hazell Russellville KY 42276

    We send our sympathies to you and your family. She certainly had an active life. She surely will be missed by all who knew her.

    Rodney and Donna Long Frankfort KY 40601

    Mike and Kris,
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be to your family. God bless you!

    Dale Winkler Lexington KY 40509

    Dwight Kiggins, Mike Stone, Ann Weygandt - Family

    "Oh Signal Hill! Oh Signal Hill! We always will remember you!"

    All our love and God Bless each of you.

    Patti Griffith Glatthaar and JoAnn Miller Sekosky Champaign IL 61821

    Mike, Kris, & family;
    Know that you and your family have been in our thoughts & prayers this past week. Mike, your Mother is now at peace...
    Remember, God called Claire's name long before she was born. He now has prepared a place for her and has brought her home. Claire's sadness and suff’ring has left her and with open arms, her radiant God has greeted her.
    Trust in His love, love will see you through.
    Claire is at rest now, don’t worry. He is with her.
    Peace & Prayers

    Suzanne & Rich Cwiak Frankfort KY 40601