Merriam “Boots” Wiggins, 98, died on September 3, 2013 in Heber Springs. Born December 20, 1914 in Beebe, she grew up in Little Rock, attended Parham Elementary, East Side Junior High, and Little Rock High School with one year at Little Rock Junior College. While in Little Rock she married Frank L. Wiggins of Florida on January 23, 1937. They moved to Houston, Texas in 1938 when Frank began his 35 year career with Sears which had the family moving frequently. While in Midland, Texas in the late 1950s and Alexandria, Louisiana in the early 1960s, Merriam worked diligently for the League of Women Voters. She also was deeply involved with church activities, and taught Sunday school in many cities where they lived, including the Friendly Class at Heber Springs First United Methodist Church into her 90s. Her husband Frank preceded her in death on August 1, 2003 at the age of 88.
Merriam is survived by her sons and their wives, Joe and Mary Jane Wiggins of Fayetteville, Charles and Karen Wiggins of Bunda, Tanzania, where they serve as Methodist missionaries; daughter Penny Wiggins of Heber Springs, and son Robert Wiggins of Memphis; grandchildren Andrea, David, Chris, John, and Keith; and great-grandchildren Kevin, Brandon, Laura, Karen, and David.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs.
Donations may be made to the One Bok Foundation, 1910 Old Wire Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72703, in support of Charles and Karen’s mission work, or First United Methodist Church, Heber Springs.
Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home, 601 W. Main, Heber Springs. www.olmstead.cc