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Wiggins, Belva Ann

Wiggins, Belva Ann

February 12, 1938 — July 3, 2021

Belva Ann (Craig) Wiggins, 83, a longtime Liberty resident, passed away July 3, 2021, at Addington Place of Shoal Creek where she resided for the past year.

Belva was born February 12, 1938, in Greybull, Wyoming, the third of four children of Oval Wayne and Verna Mildred (Hallcroft) Craig. She grew up in Princeton, Missouri, where she graduated from high school. Belva was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Donald Wayne Wiggins, on April 28, 1956, and they were together 64 years until his death in 2020.

Belva and Don and moved to Liberty in 1960. Their son, Jeffrey Wayne, passed away in 1961 at age 4. Belva taught children with learning disabilities at Franklin Elementary School in Liberty for 33 years. She taught Sunday school for many years at Second Baptist Church and served as a Campfire leader. She played competitive volleyball and ran five miles per day throughout Liberty into her mid-70's. Belva and Don also loved playing cards with family and friends weekly.

Survivors include children, Valorie Stanard, Vanessa Peterson (Eric) and Greg Wiggins (Stephanie); grandchildren, Kelsey Wiggins-Nealon (Kyle), Nathan Peterson, Courtney Wiggins and Nicholas Peterson; siblings, Wilbur Craig (Jane, deceased), Nolan Craig (JoAnn) and Neva Gatenby (Hal); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

A celebration of Belva and Don's lives will be held over Labor Day weekend. They will be interred privately at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Harbor Hosice, 211 SE Grand, Suite A, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. (http://www.harborfoundation.com/donate.html)

Many thanks from Belva and Don's family to the caregivers at Addington Place of Shoal Creek and Harbor Hospice for the beautiful care they received in their final months and days.

Service Information

A celebration of Belva and Don’s lives will be held over Labor Day weekend. They will be interred privately at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Harbor Hosice, 211 SE Grand, Suite A, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. (http://www.harborfoundation.com/donate.html)

Many thanks from Belva and Don’s family to the caregivers at Addington Place of Shoal Creek and Harbor Hospice for the beautiful care they received in their final months and days.

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It was a privilege to have shared life with Belva and Don and their family. So many great memories and food and parties. Belva could plan and put on a party like no other. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I will always remember our chat sessions and her forgiving nature. ❤️

Kathleen Newman

I was so sad to learn of Belva's passing. I just found out in late June that Don had passed last November. I sent a sympathy card to Belva (on Ridgeway) without knowing that she no longer lived there. The sympathy card was returned as undeliverable. As I searched for a new address, I found Belva's obituary and learned she had passed only 2 days before I sent her the sympathy card for Don. I regret that after the divorce I lost touch with Belva. She was like my second mother and showed me more love and compassion than my biological mother ever did. One one occasion I was on the way to the Wiggins home on Christmas eve to exchange presents with the family. On the way, I got into an auto accident that was my fault. She didn't yell at me for the accident. She didn't judge me. She put her arms around me in a tight bear hug to comfort me. To this day, her compassion brings tears to my eyes when I remember this. When Belva's mother died, she asked me to be a pall bearer at the funeral even though her daughter and me were in the middle of a divorce. Belva's mother loved me like her own grandson and the feeling was mutual. After the funeral Belva sent me this warm note of thanks for my participation. That was 32 years ago and I have kept the note that Belva sent me all these years. I certainly would have liked to have kept in touch with Belva over the years and now that she's gone I certainly regret that didn't happen, but sometimes divorce builds walls that are hard to overcome. Belva's children can be proud that they had a wonderful mother and I consider myself fortunate to have known and loved her as my second mom for the 7 years I was in the family. If anyone in the family would like the sympathy card that I sent to Belva, but was returned to me by the post office, I'd be happy to send it again. My email address is [email protected] rlstanard(at)atlanticbb(dot)net

Randy Stanard

So sorry for your loss of Don and Belva! I loved working with Belva for many years as she was one of the sweetest people I know and so was Don! Prayers for the family!

Carolyn Heavner Courtney

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