M. Sharon ‘Shari’ Wiggins

M. Sharon Wiggins passed away March 21, 2021 in Texas, where her daughter lives. She was born May 16, 1943, in West Plains, Mo to Verdia (Croney) Gaulding and Howard Farrar. Sharon grew up in West Plains, graduating from West Plains High School in May of 1957. After high school she moved to Springfield, Missouri.

Shari married Nyle R. Wiggins on February 20th, 1965, at National Avenue Christian Church in Springfield, Mo. In 1967 Nyle’s employment took them to Kansas City, Missouri where they lived in Prairie Village, KS. During this time Shari worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone.

On October 28, 1968, a son, Steven Ray Wiggins was born. In 1971, Shari and Nyle moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where Nyle started his own business.

Once in Lawrence they had a daughter Tracy Lynne (Wiggins) Turner, born on September 16, 1973.

Shari did several different jobs over the years, from Realtor at Stephens Real Estate to Accounts Payable at Lawrence Public Schools, where she retired. Shari was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. She loved to garden and often spent weekends in the backyard planting flowers or pulling weeds. Shari was known by many as a kind and giving person. She valued her friendships greatly and worked hard to maintain close ties to all those in her life. She fought many hard times in her life and always came out stronger. She was a breast cancer survivor. In January of 2020, Shari was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and after a hard fight, the disease finally took her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Nyle Wiggins, and her parents Verdia Gaulding and Howard Farrar.

She is survived by her son Steven (Stacee) Wiggins of Lawrence; granddaughters Kaylee Wiggins, Kellee Wiggins, Kylee (Coy) Leming of Eudora; and a grandson Brandon (Kegan) Wiggins and a great-grandson, Nolan, of DeSoto, KS. Also surviving is Shari’s daughter, Tracy (Steven) Turner and grandsons Dylan and Jacob Turner of McKinney, TX. Other survivors are a brother-in-law, C.J. Wiggins (Jan) of Springfield, Mo and a sister-in-law, Loretta Kay Wiggins of Branson, Mo. and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Clinton Cemetery at 1203 E 500 Road, Lawrence, KS 66049 on March 29th, 2021 at 11:00 am. Due to the coronavirus, social distancing and masks are required.

In honoring Shari, a donation can be made to First Church of the Nazarene, Lawrence, KS, or the Pancreatic Cancer action network (pancan.org), in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From zortilonrel...

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From Kathy Houchin...

My heart is sad to hear this! May God Bless this family and her rest be peaceful!

From Betty and Mark Currie...

Steve, Stacee & Wiggins Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you all as you grieve the passing of Shari, a precious mother, mother-in-law, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend & colleague. She had many roles in her life that leaves a legacy of her care and love for others to carry on. May God give you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead as you grieve the loss of Shari on this earth. We know the losses have been many for your family in the past year. We grieve with you as you continue to find peace during this difficult time in your lives. Our deepest empathy for your loss of loved ones. Mark & Betty Currie

From Jeanette Weber...

It seems like just yesterday when we had a nice visit. I enjoyed working with Shari at USD 497. I remember the fun we had when we decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees Fundraiser and the nut sales with LEOP. She was a wonderful friend and I will truly miss her. My prayer and my sincere sympathy to Shari’s family.

From Don and Linda Herbel...

Shari was a wonderful ambassador for the Lawrence Public Schools. More than that, she was a supportive and caring friend for so many people. She will be missed.

From Jo Ann Seitz...

Shari was my neighbor in the 70’s . She was beautiful inside and out. Our lives got busy and they move to another area, but we had a few lunch times together. I am sure she touched many lives because she was that kind of person. My Condolences to the family.

From DeeAnn Alvarez...

So sorry for your loss.
Sending many healing thoughts and prayers to all🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

From Barbara Rawls...

Friends like Shari are hard to lose. I will miss her cheerfulness and smile, even on difficult days. Shari was a courageous and strong woman. With sincere sympathy.

From Orley and Joan Plenert....

sorry for this news , but we all know she is not in anymore pain . We met her when we were at Steve and Stacee’s house. She was a very friendly person and one you like to be around and visit with. Our prayers for the family.

From Rinnah Barron...

So sorry to hear if Sheri’s passing..She was a Wonderful Lady & I’m thankful I knew her … …Condolences to the family & friends…She will be missed …

From Sharon Lewis, DNP, APRN-NP...

Our thoughts are prayers are with your family. We were honored Shari chose to let us care for her.
The staff at KU Clinical Research Center

From Marti Jones...

Aunt Shari, our family will miss you and your kindness greatly. So sorry for your loss, Steven, Tracy, Stacee, Steve, and all those wonderful grandkids!

From Zee Button...

I’m so sorry to hear of Shari’s passing. She was a good friend and work colleague. I will miss her. I’m sending prayers to her family.

From Kathy...

I am so sad to here this. I worked with Shari a number of years when she was at USD497, and enjoyed knowing her as a colleague and friend. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

From Mike &Diana Leming...

Sorry to hear your loss Kylee and family! Your in our thoughts and prayers.

From Diana Myers...

I Can’t express how sorry we are for your loss.. Shari was a wonderful beautiful person..

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