Texas Driggs

Aug. 18, 1930-March 4, 2007

Texas Lee Driggs, 76, died March 4, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis from cancer.

She was born Aug. 18, 1930, to Capt. Henry Andrew and Irma Matthews Lee, in Boston, Mass. She was the older sister to three brothers. After finishing school in Reading, Mass., she moved to Portland where she married William C. Hiscoe, Jr., in 1948. They had two sons, Steven and Daniel. The couple was later divorced.

She began working at First National Bank in Portland, where she met Donald Orlo Driggs, a fellow employee. They married in 1957, and the family moved to Salem, where Mrs. Driggs had another son, Jeffrey. Later they moved to Keizer, for a few years, before moving to Sweet Home in 1968, where Mr. Driggs was the manager of First National Bank, later Wells Fargo.

Mrs. Driggs was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Altar Guild of St. Timothy’s in Salem and of St. Francis in Sweet Home, where she also assisted with the “Dining with Daisy” program through Sweet Home Emergency Ministries. She served as the church treasurer for the past 24 years, relinquishing her duties only the week before she died.

She led a life devoted to serving others, and was a dedicated volunteer for many programs. In Salem she volunteered as a candy striper at Salem General Hospital and as a handicapper for the McNary Women’s Golf Association. In Sweet Home she was a classroom volunteer for many years at Oak Heights Elementary School, an election supervisor, and a driver for 10 years with the Oregon Department of Human Resources, transporting disadvantaged children and adults to medical and therapy appointments around the valley.

Other than her work with her church, Mrs. Driggs is perhaps best known for her efforts for the American Red Cross, scheduling appointments for blood drives and assisting with the check-in of donors. She herself donated more than 16 1⁄2 gallons of blood over her lifetime. In earlier years a golfer and a bowler, she continued to enjoy playing bridge regularly with her close friends.

She is survived by brothers, David Lee of South Bridgton, Me., and Dexter Lee of Swan’s Island, Me.; sons, Steven and daughter-in-law Sue Hiscoe, of Portland, Daniel and daugher-in-law Lorraine Hiscoe, of Gaston, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Jane Driggs of Lehi, Utah, companion Karl Proctor of Sweet Home; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren Christian, Julia, and Desmond.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 341 8th Ave, Sweet Home. Interment will be at Gilliland Cemetery at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Francis Memorial Fund.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.