Shirley Cardwell Wiggins passed away on October 5, 2012, after a lengthy illness. She was born Shirley Sterling on September 27, 1926. She was raised in Port Neches, Texas, and graduated from Port Neches High School. She obtained a Bachelors of Education at the University of Texas in Austin and a Masters of Education at McNeese University. She worked for Port Neches ISD for 32 years, teaching at Port Neches Elementary and Port Neches Middle School. She resided in Port Arthur and attended Church on the Rock for the past 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeptha and Bertha Sterling. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Wiggins, sister, Betty Massey, sons, Russell Cardwell and Reagan Cardwell, daughter and son-in-law, Ricki and Rob Clark, grandchildren, Reyna and Raylyn Clark, and step-sons, Terry Wiggins, and Vernon Wiggins, Jr. A funeral service will be held at Melancon's Funeral Home, 1605 Ave H in Nederland on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Pastor Ron Hammond officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. Details and guest registry available at Melancons.org.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 7, 2012