Turner Wiggins, 68, rests now in the arms of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He called her Home on February 27, 2014.
Marion was born on October 3, 1945 in Port Arthur, Texas.
She graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Thomas Jefferson High in 1964 and went on to graduate from The University of Texas in Austin with a double major in Mathematics and English in 1968. She was also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. While attending school in Austin, Marion wed her husband and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
Soon after, she began her teaching career at Westchester Sr. High School in Houston where she was everyone's favorite Algebra teacher. She retired in 1979 from Stratford Sr.High. to later begin private tutoring which she enjoyed for over 20 years. In 2008, she and her husband moved from Houston to their ranch in New Ulm, TX. There she enjoyed her many animals including 3 horses rescued by the SPCA that they have nurtured back to good health. A member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Marion was also instrumental in launching Mercy Street, a casual Saturday evening service for anyone seeking God. Beautiful, charming, witty and talented Marion excelled at absolutely everything she did. She loved interior design, gardening, her horses and solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles at lightening speed. However, it was only after she rededicated her life to Christ, that she found her heart's true desire, to live for Him. Holding on to God's promises, she prayed without ceasing for His will to be done in her life and to become all that He created her to be. Everyone who knew her saw God faithfully complete the work that He began in Marion. She was an encouraging, loving and dedicated friend, mother and wife. Approaching every challenge in life with a "can-do" attitude and a thankful heart, she truly believed that "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 When she learned that she had glioblastoma brain cancer on Jan. 5, 2010, Marion made a decision to remain positive and allow this trial in her life to be an opportunity to glorify God....through her unshakable faith and God's grace, that is exactly what she did. Not one time, after 5 surgeries, 4 years of chemo and 62 rounds of radiation did she complain. Rather, she praised God for everything He was doing in her life and remained joyful through it all. Marion found the silver lining in every situation. She was such a blessing and an inspiration to all who know her.
Preceded in death by parents, William Riley and Maudry Turner of Port Arthur, TX and brother Derald Wayne Turner, Sr., of Houston, TX.
Survived by her loving daughter, Laurie Wiggins of Houston, TX and her husband of 48 years, Fred Wiggins of New Ulm, TX.
Marion Wiggins fought the good fight, she finished the race and she kept the faith.
Memorial Service and reception to be held Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, Tx 77024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chapelwood.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2014