Former longtime Duncan resident Anna Elizabeth Wiggins, 86, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Altus.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, with her brother-in-law Jim Virgadamo officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Anna was born to Clarence Woody “C.W.” and Louise Elizabeth “Lizzie” Boyd on Dec. 12, 1926, in Walters. She was one of 11 children born to Clarence and Lizzie and being near the middle of the “clan,” she loved being a helper to her older siblings and babysitter taking care of the younger ones. This continued until just a few years ago, as she traveled from Nebraska to Houston, Texas, ministering and caring for those precious siblings in their times of need.
At the end of World War II, she married the sweetheart of her youth, L.D. Wiggins on Feb. 13, 1946, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and to this union were born three children: Dianna, Lloyd and Michael. “Doll” graduated high school at Sugden, in 1935, and after L.D.s serious illness, she went to the Duncan Vocational Technical School and received her certificate in drafting.
Soon afterwards she was hired by Halliburton Oil Company as a draftsman, where she proudly worked for 24 years earning the status of senior draftsman and certified engineering technician.
After L.D.s death and her retirement, she said her mission was to visit every one of her siblings and children as often as her car would keep running. And running she did, as she happily traveled to each of their homes for numerous visits until many of them through illness or advanced age needed extra help, and then it became her mission to be their caretaker as often as she could in their last days. “Doll” was the example of service and love as she gave all she could give of herself to her brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren.
“Doll” is survived by her three children and their families: Cheryline Dianna Wiggins Thompson and her husband Buddy of Eldorado, Lloyd Danny Wiggins and his wife Judy of Marlow, and Michael Don Wiggins of Duncan; six grandchildren: Brian and Monica Thompson, Eldorado, Pamela and Mike Worrell, Eldorado, Mark and Alisha Thompson of Shawnee, Danny and Joann Wiggins of Wichita Falls, Texas, David and Angela Wiggins of Duncan, and Michelle and Pat Fox of Norman; 15 great-grandchildren survive her: Kale Thompson of Weatherford, Randi Thompson of Eldorado, Bray Houston of Eldorado, Ty Houston of Duke, Taylor Thompson, Rylee Thompson and Trae Thompson of Shawnee, Michael Wiggins in Florida, Brandon Wiggins, Travis Wiggins and Matthew Wiggins of Wichita Falls, Texas, Hunter Wiggins and Kady Wiggins of Duncan, Katy Fox and Connor Fox of Noble.
Also surviving are four sisters: Connie and husband Jim Virgadamo of Arlington, Texas, Lou and her husband Clarence Scruggs of Wichita Falls, Texas, Wanda Martin of Fort Worth, Texas, and Georgia Gifford of Dallas, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband, L.D. in 1988; her parents, Clarence and Lizzie Boyd; brothers: Lee Roy Boyd, Bill Boyd and Buddy Boyd; and sisters: Ella Ruth Etheridge, Juanita Little and Trudy Hazen.
Also surviving her today, and many preceding her in death are many, many friends and other relatives who loved Anna “Doll” Boyd Wiggins because of her undying love and sacrifice throughout her life.
“Doll” was honored for giving more than 2,000 hours of volunteer time to the Veterans Clinic at Lawton, spent numerous hours over several years as a VITA volunteer doing taxes for senior citizens, was active alongside her husband in many veterans organizations such as AMVETS, American Legion, EX-Prisoners of War, holding many offices on both local and state levels. She was a Brownie Leader, a Girl Scout Leader, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader, and a Red Cross volunteer and organizational leader in the Duncan swimming program teaching thousands of young people how to swim and save lives.
Her grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pall bearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to any of the organizations she supported.
Online condolences may be made at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.