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Barbara Ann Kiger

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Barbara Ann Kiger

Barbara Ann Kiger departed this world November 16, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Wayne Wood Kiger; four children, Wayne Stanley Kiger (Paula) of Tallahassee, FL; Mary Kiger Oglesby (Jamie) of Thomasville, GA; James Arthur Kiger (Brenda) of Douglasville, GA; and Patrick Allan Kiger (Laurie) of Charleston, SC, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kiger was born in Grand Rapids, MI January 30, 1935 to Robert Stanley Sadowski and Lottie Sadowski. Mrs. Kiger is survived by two sisters: Madeline Rutowski of St. Charles, MO, and Nancy Ditmar of Brighton, MI, and a brother, Bob Sadowski of Grand Rapids, MI. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Kiger Paredes; a son, Chuck Kiger; and a sister, Susan Webster.

After completing an ASN nursing program at Mercy Central Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, Mrs. Kiger began her nursing career in Grand Rapids. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Valdosta State University and served as Assistant Supervisor of Nurses at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA. After losing her sight in 1985, Mrs. Kiger became a published author (of Payback and Cold Storage). She also used her organizational and leadership talents in a variety of ways, including the presidency of the boards of Independence for the Blind and the Tallahassee Writers Association. She was President of the Eastern Deanery of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women from 2004-2006, and Diocesan NCCW President from 2006-2008. She was the recipient of the Paula Bailey Community Service Award from FIRE (formerly Independence for the Blind) in 2007.

Despite the numerous professional and community achievements amassed by Mrs. Kiger, she was always happiest surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family members. She may not have been able to "see" the countless dance recitals, band concerts, gymnastics meets, and other activities she attended, but her enthusiasm surpassed that of the sighted attendees at each and every event.

A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home - Apalachee Chapel (Tallahassee, FL) on Monday November 18 from 4-6 p.m. with a rosary to be said at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to either Lighthouse of the Big Bend (www.firesight.org), Water for Life (http://crs.org/water-sanitation/), or the Christian Foundation for Charity and Aging (www.hopeforafamily.org).

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Nov. 18, 2013
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