Mae O. Wiggins

April 26, 1930 - January 4, 2016

Wiggins, Mae Obituary

 

She was a tower of strength to all who knew her and was blessed with the capacity to pass that on to others.  As one of her doctors recently stated “if you have half the genes your mom has you are a powerful woman”.  

 

Mae Olar McKee was born on April 26, 1930, in Merigold, MS, to loving parents Marshal Sr., and Ruby Lee McKee. She was the third child and first daughter to the family.

 

She was married to her child-hood sweetheart; Richard Wiggins who had served in WW2 and returned for his bride; on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1947 in a double ceremony with her eldest brother L.B. and his bride Jeanie.  They were bound in wedlock and friendship and later both couples traveled to Gary, IN; which remains their hometown.  The couple was blessed with ten children, whom they raised in the admonition of Christ and to the best of their ability and resources.   

 

For many years Mother and her children attended Progressive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Benjamin Douglas and when the children began to take their own paths; Mother joined Pleasant Valley M.B. Church under the leadership of Pastor Terence Standifer. He relocated after approximately 15 years and the ministry became led by the current Pastor, Rev. John Holcomb, Jr. for the past 12 years.  Mother has remained a member although through declining health she has been unable to attend services. Rev. Holcomb and his wife have steadfastly served her in visits and prayer. While still active she served on the Board of Directors and held the office of President of the Mother’s Board for several years..

 

Mother was a home-maker / teacher in the beginning, content with raising her children and caring for her home and then she decided it was time to seek something more… employment outside the home.  She worked over 15 years, as a dietician at the now closed Lake County Convalescent Home, in Crown Point, IN and made solid life-long friendships.  She retired after continuing health concerns limited her activity. 

Mother was very personable and very much a people magnet. When she spoke with you it was as though she knew you intimately. You would start talking to her and soon after you will have shared your entire life story.  She could make you laugh and cry at the same time and was so straight forward that you would just have to say ouch and keep it moving.

 

After a lengthy medical challenge that began when she fell and broke her  left hip, December 22, 2014, Mother Wiggins transitioned peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2016, at Methodist Southlake Hospital in Merrillville, IN; surrounded (as she so enjoyed) by adoring family members.

 

Mother is preceded in death by both parents, Richard Wiggins, Jr., one sister, Louisa Jackson and two brothers, Marshal , Jr. (AKA Michael) and Robert Lee
and one daughter, Glenda Faye.

 

She leaves to cherish her memory her children:  Mable Riley (Willie) of Woodridge, IL, Richard Wiggins III (Bessie), Brenda Wiggins (Joe), Portia Wiggins and Pastor Andrea Keys (Jeffrey), all of Minneapolis, MN.  Juanita Woods (Mal) of West Memphis, AR, Stanley Wiggins, Gale Anderson (Willie) and Darryl Wiggins (Cynthia), all of Gary, IN

 

Six siblings:  L.B. McKee (Jeanie) & Gracie Mae Wiggins, of Gary, IN, Willie V. Wells (Wilbon), Ethel Cleveland and Donald Mckee (Rose), all of Memphis, TN and Leroy McKee of Detroit, MI

 

A treasured Niece/”Sister-friend”, Diane Fitzgerald (Selena & Maya), a dutiful grandson, Damion Wiggins (Rachel & Brielle) , loyal 1st cousins Tommie Jr. & Celestine Robinson and devoted daughter-in-love, Bettye Wiggins (Tammy), her church buddy, Sister Lillie Massey,  and numerous, dedicated sons-in-law, grandsons, grand-daughters, great-grands, nieces, nephews and a multitude of cousins, friends and extended family who shared our mom with us.

 

The Wiggins family extends sincerest thanks to Drs. Anekwe, Artis, Ashbach, Barai, Kumar, Stewart, Umapathy, Ybanez, and Woodburn; the C Wing Staff of Golden Living Rehab Facility, and the countless Nurses and CNAs in the ER, 4th floor, Wings 1, 2 & 3, Social Workers, and Case Managers of Southlake Hospital, and the Gary Davita Staff who gave due diligence in word and deed to the assistance of our mom.  Also, Farentino Bailey and the Carson/Hawkins Family, Pastor Alfred Weems, of the Victory in Jesus Worship Center, Hammond, IN,  Pastor Donald Coleman and the Mt. Carmel Holiness Church Family,  Rev. John Holcomb, Jr., and the Pleasant Valley M.B. Church Family and Pastor Lorenzo Bonds and the Temple of  Deliverance Church Family, and the New Mt. Moriah Church family We are GRATEFUL! 

 




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January 13, 2016
10a.m.

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New Mt. Moriah M.B. Church

1917 Carolina Street
Gary, IN 46407
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January 13, 2016
11 a.m.

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New Mt. Moriah M.B. Church

1917 Carolina Street
Gary, IN 46407
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January 13, 2016
2 p.m.

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Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery

3815 W 39th Ave.
Hobart, IN 46342
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January 13, 2016
3:30 p.m.

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New Mt. Moriah M.B. Church

1917 Carolina Street
Gary, IN 46407
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