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Elizabeth H. Wiggins

January 11, 1934 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


WIGGINS, Elizabeth H, 82 passed away on November 23, 2016. She was born in Bertie Co., NC on January 11, 1934
After graduating from high school and working as a secretary and bank teller, she married her high school sweetheart
and became a proud ARMY Wife accompanying her husband, a career Army Officer, on assignments to Germany and Ethiopia,
and all their many stateside postings during his 27 year career. During those years, wherever they were stationed, she was the
consummate Army Wife, creating the home, caring for their two children and...

WIGGINS, Elizabeth H, 82 passed away on November 23, 2016. She was born in Bertie Co., NC on January 11, 1934
After graduating from high school and working as a secretary and bank teller, she married her high school sweetheart
and became a proud ARMY Wife accompanying her husband, a career Army Officer, on assignments to Germany and Ethiopia,
and all their many stateside postings during his 27 year career. During those years, wherever they were stationed, she was the
consummate Army Wife, creating the home, caring for their two children and moving 16 times before retiring to Florida. Her
worst times, but when she was the strongest, were during her husband's unaccompanied tours to Korea and Vietnam and the many TDY
trips that took him away from her and the family, sometimes for several months. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and past President
of the Suncoast Chapter of the Military Officers Wives Club. She and her husband lived in and visited many countries. She always fondly
remembered the beautiful German countryside, the tulip fields of Holland, and the World's Fair in Brussels, weekends in the Bavarian
Alps at the Eibsee, climbing the Zugspitze, a sobering visit to Dachau and the quick mid-tour holidays in Hawaii. There was also Nairobi, the
game parks of Kenya, the pyramids, Khalefee's Jewelry shoppe in Beirut, and the living in Addis Ababa Ethiopia where she enjoyed five
domestic servants, including a full time cook. She enjoyed flower arranging and won many awards while a member of the Mount Vernon
Garden Club in Alexandria, VA. She remained a true daughter of the South. She never lost her southern accent and embodied all the
traits of character and charm that are so admired in Southern women, including courtesy, gentleness, compassion, and generosity. She
is preceded in death by their son, Robert C. Wiggins. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lt Col Robert M. Wiggins, US Army
(Ret); daughter, Betsy W. Marrero; granddaughter, Samantha M. Goetz and husband George; great-granddaughters, Layla and Lila Goetz;
daughter-in-law, Patti-Sue Doerr Wiggins; granddaughter, Samantha Marie Ashley, and Allissa Wiggins; brother, Hersey L. Hoggard Jr;
nieces, Cheryl Jensen and Tracy Chernow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Suncoast Chapter MOAA,
Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 854, Port Richey, FL 34673-0854