Funeral services for Jane Marie Wiggins, 71, Overbrook, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, KS.
Jane Wiggins passed away on Sunday, August 17. 2014, at her sister’s home.
She was born March 6, 1943, in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of Elwood Arthur Wiggins and Dorothy Rose Pugh Wiggins.
She was a graduate of Lawrence High School in 1961 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Kansas.
Jane Wiggins lived most of her life in Douglas County, KS and briefly in Hartford, CT. She worked at Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT, Center for Research at KU, Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Topeka, Lawrence Paper Company and retired after 21 years with the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier in 2005.
Jane was a member of the Douglas County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed genealogy and did extensive research on her family history before it was computerized.
Jane was a very spiritual person and enjoyed different forms of spirituality. She enjoyed reading, writing, history, painting, photography, astrology, gardening, the outdoors and was an avid Morel Mushroom hunter. She loved her nieces and nephews and enjoyed doing things with them. She loved her pets and had many throughout her life. She rescued many animals that were in distress.
Survivors include 3 sisters, Lora Lee Johnson of Lawrence, KS, Patty Wiggins of Lawrence, KS, and Candy Norwood and husband Gregg of Overbrook, KS; nieces and nephews, Dan, Kelly, Robbie and Katie Johnson, Jeremiah and Josie Johnson, and Brandon and Sean Norwood; 5 great nephews and 6 great nieces.
Jane was preceded in death by her beloved sister Judith Ann Wiggins in 1952, her Father in 1997 and her Mother in 2001.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The family suggests memorials to the Easter Seals Capper Foundation or the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home.
Messages & Condolences
Jane had a way about her that made me feel special whenever we would get a chance to visit. Always a smile, and she would brighten my day at work. I felt her beautiful spirit yesterday at her Service, and saw the incredible love of her precious family. What a blessing and inspiration, and I vowed to be more “Janelike” in the future. Prayers and blessings to her sisters and family, love, Cheryl
Candy So sorry for your loss. Remember all the good times and treasure them. Call me if you need anything
We will remember Jane as one of the sweetest, gentlest people we’ve ever known. The world lost one of the really good ones. RIP Jane. You are and always will be missed.
Patty and family,
I had such a wonderful visit with Jane
at my step-dad’s(Herman Hess) and my husbands (Charlie Mills)services. We had visited with Jane many times over the years. She was a sweetie and always a delight to be
Your mother and my mother (Martina) were
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I am so sorry about Jane. She was definitely an angel living with us on this earth, as are you. I know the pain u are going through and my heart is heavy for you. I am sending prayers your way and focus on the great memories you and Jane have made. If you need anything, please call me..
Linda Martin James
Patty and family, I am so sorry for you loss. Jane was a wonderful person. Fond memories of back roads to Topeka to go and eat Chinese food. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Dee Dee (Richardson) Commons
Molly, Allison and I enjoyed caring for Jane in the time we had with her. She was a joy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Jane was a wonderful person. I first met her about 40 years ago at the Douglas County Genealogical Society and she was such a kind and caring person as well as a dedicated genealogist. For a number of years she skillfully served as volunteer Editor of the Society’s quarterly publication, “The Pioneer.” Jane will be greatly missed by many!
Jane was our mail carrier where I worked for years. She was always nice and friendly, very hard working. It wasn’t until much later I found out she was our dear friend Jeremiah’s aunt. Our thoughts are with Jeremiah, Josie and Patty, as well as the rest of your family during this time of loss.
Hillary & Aaron Emerson and family
Your great and sweet smile always could light up a room. I didn’t know you very long. But I will miss your smile. Yes, God will have another angel.
I felt that when Jane was walking up my walk to deliver my mail, that an innocent angel was showing up in beautiful light that brought something brighter than the sun, and made me believe in god. Her timing always seemed perfectly acceptable, probably derived form our unique connection with the loveliness of the world.
Jane, I was so fortunate that you liked to hang out with the “bad” kids growing up. Otherwise, you would never have become such a good friend to me. You were an angel here on earth and you are now an angel in heaven. Condolences to family and friends. You were the best! We love you! Bob and Monica
Heaven gained another Angel.RIP Janie…you will be missed..
Jane, we will miss you so much. I mean, who else will carry around 2 bags full of everything but the kitchen sink? Who will have a Tylenol when we need it? Who will have a button to replace our lost one? Who will have a 5/8 wrench? OK, maybe not the wrench. You are irreplaceable, Jane. Leave a light on for us, we will see you again one day.
Jane was wonderful.
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