In Memory of
Dorothy Jean Pigman

Dorothy Jean Pigman, 86, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Thursday evening, June 13, 2024 at West Houston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. 

She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 13, 1938, and was the youngest of ten children.  She was the daughter of Earl Maxwell Smith and Gladys Mae Smith and was raised on the family farm.  Dorothy was on the homecoming court and graduated from Sioux Valley High School, South Dakota in 1957.

Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Louis Pigman, on August 4, 1957, at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, Iowa.  They moved to Lakefield, Minnesota and had four children.  In 1964 Bob and Dorothy moved to Dubuque, Iowa and lived there for many years raising their children.  In 1982 they moved to Houston, Texas and remained in Texas.

Ms. Pigman is survived by three daughters, Kayla (Larry) Samek of Sugar Land, Texas, Karen (Dave) Guyer of Dyersville, Iowa, and Kathy (Ken) Giddens of Bransford, Connecticut; a son, Kim Pigman of Conroe, Texas; two brothers, Don (Sharon) Smith of Jackson, Minnesota, John (Chris) Smith of Manson, Iowa, and three sisters-in-law Dorathy Rients of DeMotte, Indiana, Donna VanderVeen of Round Lake, Minnesota and Jeanne Ponto of Round Lake, Minnesota and many nieces, nephew and cousins.

Dorothy has eight grandchildren, Mallory Holmes, Matthew Hostert, Lindsay Goedert, Michelle Fisch, Shannon Greger-Moser, John Paul Nichter, Anthony Pigman and Nicholas Pigman.  She also has seven great-grandchildren, Riley Holmes, Avery Holmes, Bennett Hostert, Ryder Goedert, Rhodes Goedert, and Bridget Greger-Moser.

Dorothy's husband, Bob, preceded her in death, parents, Earl and Gladys Smith, as well as three brothers, Roy Smith, Wayne Smith, and Bill Smith; four sisters, Darlene Showers, LaVonne Haker, Belva Riemersma, and Louise Clearwater; as well as brothers-in-law Walt Pigman, Myron (Sonny) Pigman and sister-in-law Leona Kinsey.

The family wishes to thank West Houston Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for their wonderful support and care given to Dorothy.

A Private Celebration of Life will be held on August 1, 2024, in Charleston, South Carolina to remember Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beresford Funeral Service in Houston, Texas.

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link