OCEANSIDE, California -- Our mother is now resting in the loving arms of our Lord. She went home to heaven on May 7, 2010. She was only 93 and loved the roses we gave her everyday.
She began life on Dec. 9, 1916 at 906 W. Second Street to the very proud parents, Fannie Marvel Browne of McCook and John Albert (Bert) Clark of Red Cloud, Kansas. She spent her childhood days at 801 W. Second Street and graduated from McCook Bison High School with the class of '34. She was the first of six siblings: two younger brothers and three sisters.
Our mother met her knight in shining armor, a fine young man, Ernest Paul Wiggs from Herrin, Illinois who swept her heart away. They were married in 1936 and thereupon gave birth to five children, Gary Ray, Roger Paul, Michael Ralph, Kathleen Roberts and Sheila Anne.
The Lord gave us the finest mother on earth and we could not have asked for anything more. Our father departed and our mother raised four children by herself. She had to forgo her academic dreams of becoming a certified public accountant and lawyer and go to work in to keep us together and give us a warm loving home at the Victory Addition at 406 W. Sixth Street.
We moved to California in 1951 in search of more employment opportunities and golden sunshine. Our mother became a superlative contract law officer with the federal government and overcame immense sexual discrimination to succeed in a "man's business world." She had responsibility for and controlled multi-millions of dollars of taxpayer resources and never misplaced one cent.
Our mother retired after 26 and a half years and for the next 30 years enjoyed her golden years in Sacramento and Oceanside, California with Michael.
Our mother has always been cradled in the Lord's loving grace. We were members of the Assembly of God Church on C Street. In 1949, our mother received a hand painted picture of Jesus as a first prize for bringing the most new people to our church.
Our mother was very gifted with many talents. She was a very athletic gymnast, could play girls sports, loved NFL football, loved music and played the violin and was a superior seamstress. Our mother loved to read, do crossword puzzles and to examine all facets of current events and lawyer without a diploma!
She could recite every word in the Bible King James Old Testament and give theologians a lesson in the true meaning of the Lord's word. Our mother was very intelligent with superior analytical skills to ferret out the truth that supported her articulate and perfectionist nature. Our mother could have and should have been a certified public accountant and lawyer and could have become a superlative Supreme Court justice. She chose us over her academic dreams. We thank the Lord.
Now our mother's dreams can now be fulfilled in heaven where she is being cradled in the Lord's warm loving grace for eternity. We miss her warm smile and tender loving kisses. Our mother always said, "never do anything to bring shame on our family name and to be proud of yourself and your accomplishments."
We all thank the Lord everyday for giving us our mother. There is nothing in the world like the warm love of our mother. Our mother said, "to those I love and to those who love me; please release me and let me go, so that I can rejoice in my after-glow." We will meet again in Heaven.