Mary Anne Duckett Wiggins passed away Dec. 22, 2012 after living 108 years. Born May 12, 1904 in Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Wiggins was considered a jewel in the lives of many Rhode Island residents and an important piece of the area’s African American history.
At the time of her passing she had been a resident of Linn Health Care Center located at 30 Alexander Ave., East Providence. “Gran,” as Mary was affectionately known by her friends and family members, was the daughter of the late Wesley Teackle and Mary E. Duckett. She has been a resident of the area for more than 90 years.
Mrs. Wiggins began her professional career as a phlebotomist at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore before she relocated to Rhode Island. She eventually embarked on a career in the culinary field. A natural born leader, Mrs. Wiggins was for several years the chief chef at Sakonnet Country Club in Little Compton and she worked in a similar capacity for a quarter century on Nantucket Island at the Sankaty Beach Club.
Mrs. Wiggins also was notably the first African American and among the very first women to serve as the rector’s warden at St. Stephen’s Church, a historic Episcopal church located at 114 George St. in Providence, where she had been a member for 90 years.
Mrs. Wiggins is survived by her granddaughter, Dolores Bliss of East Providence, four great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and yes, one newly born (Nov. 30, 2012) great-great-great-grandchild, Tikira Chanel Metts.
The family would like to say a special thanks to the staff at Beacon Hospice located at 1 Catamore Boulevard in East Providence, for their kind and professional care of “Gran” during her last days.