Ann T. Wiggins
August 5, 1929 – January 9, 2019
Ann T. Wiggins, age 89, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. She is survived by her children, Deborah Wiggins-Pilar (Hector) of Elkton, MD, Michael P. Wiggins (Margie) of Ocean City, MD, John C. Wiggins of Middletown, Stephanie “Teri” Harwell (David) of Newark and Paul E. Wiggins, Jr (Clare) of Wilmington.
Ann was born in Marshallton, DE on August 5, 1929 to Harry Morton and Anna (Fritz) Temple. She was the youngest of 6, affectionately called “Sis,” by brothers Harrison Sterling Temple, Elmer Francis Temple, Ronald Eber Temple, Franklin Morton Temple and Walter L. Temple; and sister, Evelyn Mae Peacock. Sis was an energetic and strong-willed girl with Shirley Temple curls.
As a fashionable young woman working at Haveg Industries in Marshallton, she caught the eye of coworker Paul E. Wiggins, Sr., and they were married on Feb. 26, 1949. Their partnership lasted 52 years and she cared for him as he battled heart disease until his death in 2001.
Ann and Paul raised 5 children on Appleby Rd. in New Castle, growing up along with a village of great neighbors including Tiberis, Kemps, Beisners, and Wiggins’ cousins. Her tireless strength and good humor added to her Appleby Rd legend. She could often be found supporting her kids’ endeavors, feeding horses, sewing saddle cloths and doll clothes, and keeping the family in line. She was an expert antiquer, sharp dresser, skilled race horse handicapper, and all-around fun person.
In her later years, living with son Paul Jr and family, “Mommom” remained just as invaluable to her 7 grandchildren (Max, Heather, Marcie, Amanda, Joseph, Zeke and Cody) and 4 great grandchildren (Lilly, Charlotte, Dmitri and Ivy), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Age never stopped her: She toured Disney World, took beach vacations, got down on the floor to play with babies, rode on a go-kart, and became a popular face at the Christiana Care Adult Day Program senior center — all fueled in large part by hot tea and Tastykakes.
Words cannot truly express how important she was to her friends and family. Ann will be forever missed but never forgotten as her spirit and warmth live on in them.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s memory to Christiana Care Evergreen Center (under Area of Designation, select “The VNA Evergreen Center”.)