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Betty (Bessie) W. Wiggins, 99, Carthage, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at her home.
Betty Wiggins was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Belvidere, N.J., a daughter of the late George M. Widenor and Amelia Strackbein. She was a graduate of Belvidere High School, class of 1936.
She married James W. Wiggins on Aug. 29, 1943, in Valley Forge, Pa. He preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 2007.
Betty and her husband, Jim, came to Carthage in 1979, from Calgary Alberta Canada, after Jim's retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, where she served with the Presbyterian Women's group. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross at McCune-Brooks Hospital and the Bloodmobile, served as a member of the hospital auxiliary, a member of the Mimosa Garden Club, the Carthage Historic Preservation and Friends of the Phelps House. Betty was a past Matron-Warren Chapter 128, Order of the Eastern Star and a 70-year member of the Delaware Chapter #150, Phillipsburg, NJ.
Survivors include two sons, John R. Wiggins, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and William W. (Sandra) Wiggins, Carthage; one granddaughter, Kimberly Wiggins, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was preceded in death by a brother, William W. Widenor, and one sister, Irma Siney.
Visitation will be held from 6 - 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, at Knell Mortuary. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Knell Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Greg Esselman will officiate. Inurnment will follow the service at Park Cemetery, Carthage.
Memorial gifts are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 West Chestnut, Carthage, MO 64836.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.
Published on January 28, 2018
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