Mary Katherine (Kate) Couch Wiggins passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her love of 64 years, Alvin Wiggins, and loving daughter, Beverly Lopez at 200am, Monday, June 20, 2022.
Kate passed from interstitial lung disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin R. Wiggins, who resides in their home in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Kate helped design and decorated the beautiful home they shared for the last several years.
Surviving family members:
Beverly Ann Lopez (daughter) (husband John) Bridgeport, West Virginia
Donna Rae Wiggins (deceased daughter)
Christopher Chad Wiggins (son) (wife Kristy) Kiawah River, South Carolina
Edna Nasby (sister) (husband Bob) Beckley, West Virginia
Benjamin Lopez (grandson) (wife Lauren) Columbus, Ohio
Ali Graeber (granddaughter) (husband Paul) Bridgeport, West Virginia
Kate was the daughter of the late Leona and Shalor Couch.
Deceased siblings: Margaret Aaron (Alton)
Charles Couch (Wanda)
Melvin Couch (Mildred)
Joe Couch (Barbara)
Kate prided herself in her deep faith and was a member of the Oak Hill West Virginia Nazarene Church. Her prayers were beautiful in their purity and a joy to witness. Her delicious family dinners always captured the simple elegance of amazing southern West Virginia recipes.
Kate’s family relocated fourteen times throughout West Virginia as Alvin assumed additional responsibilities with the C&P Telephone Company (Bell Atlantic). Her wonderfully sweet personality always helped her children adjust to the many changes as she became friend's neighbors near and far and forever.
Kate’s family was her pride and joy. Such a supportive Mother, she beamed at the beauty of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jonathon and Miles Lopez and Benjamin Graeber.
From grocery store checkout line chats, to quiet messages in Hallmark cards, Kate showed her love in many ways and always left an indelible mark of kindness along her path of life. Her special love and selfless caring for Donna Rae Wiggins was her crowning achievement. She, Alvin and Beverly provided the most beautiful and rewarding life to Donna which epitomized the depth of amazing love she had for all whom she met.
Kate’ personality, while sweet and loving, was also as colorful as her beautiful Irish red hair. She was headstrong and was always willing to fight to protect her family and the beliefs she thought to be the correct path in life. She had a beautiful voice and loved singing in the Church of the Nazarene choir, was a tremendous majorette and cheerleader, and a friend to so many. She will be missed every day by those she left behind, however the words she spoke several times during her last days will keep us until we join again in celebration – “I LOVE YOU”.
Funeral service will be 12 Noon on Friday, June 24, 2022 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Dan Cupp officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.
Visitation for family will be 10:00 AM to 11:00AM and visitation for friends will be from
11:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.
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Arrangements were made by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.