Maeoma Hegwood (Wiggie) was born May 29, 1932, in Andersonville, GA to the late Mary Alice Wiggins and Henry Tookes. Maeoma graduated from Frobel High School, Class of 1951. In 1967, Maeoma worked on the historic City of Gary Mayoral campaign in which elected Richard Hatcher as the first black mayor. Maeoma was an original member of an elite group called "The Hatcherettes". She was a former employee of Gordons Department Store, The Justice of the Peace, and Indiana Bell. With a profound love for God, Maeoma was a devoted member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Maeoma was preceded in death by her husband, Burcham Hegwood; son, Deric; parents, Mary Alice, and Henry; one brother, Leo; four sisters, Mae, Johnny Bee, Viola, Henrietta; great granddaughter, Deja. Maeoma leaves her cherished memories to her beloved children, Ina (Marlon) Scott of Gary, IN, Acie (Erma) Foreman of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and a host of loving relatives and friends. Maeoma departed this life June 4, 2021. Visitation will be Friday June 18, 2021, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Guy & Allen Chapel. Home Going Celebration Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10:00a.m. at the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 1545 Waite St, Gary, IN 46404. Rev. Royce Thompson officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Due to COVID 19 masks and social distancing required.
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Published by Post-Tribune on Jun. 16, 2021.