Barbara ‘Babs’ Phillips Rigby


Barbara “Babs” Phillips Rigby passed away at the age of 88 in New Braunfels, on Sept. 8, 2018. She was born in Austin on Nov. 3, 1929 to parents Homer and Zelma Phillips.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, William Robert Rigby.

She is survived by her two daughters and sons in law, Diane and Bill Mehrer and Bitsy and Mike Mayberry, all of New Braunfels; five grandchildren and five great- grandchildren including John Mehrer of Valley Glen, CA.; Joseph and Holly Mehrer and Henry of Richardson; James Mehrer and Jaime Pruna and Colin Mehrer of San Antonio; Matt and Jessica Mayberry and Bear and Kylie of San Antonio; Morgan Mayberry and Gunner of San Antonio.

Babs graduated from Liberty Hill High School in 1947 and received a Bachelor’s degree in education from Trinity University in 1951, and a Master’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University in 1968.

For over three decades, she was a teacher/librarian in Port Lavaca, where she touched the lives of many students. Following the death of her husband, Bob, in 1985, Babs relocated to New Braunfels, where she continued to be an active member of the community serving in various civic organizations.

Babs was a strong, independent woman, well known for her high energy and dynamic personality. She deeply loved her family and friends, and she will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

Please join the family for a celebration of her life during the holiday season on Dec. 22nd at her home in New Braunfels. The celebration will take place from 12:00-2:00pm, and all friends and family of Babs are warmly invited to attend. Please contact any family member for more details regarding this celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Babs’ memory to Friends of the Library at , or The Alzheimer’s Association at The family would like to especially recognize the loving care and support provided by the dedicated staff of professionals at Sodalis of New Braunfels, as well as Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.