Cecelia Ellen (nee Johns) Wiggins, a lifelong Port Chester resident, died Friday at Greenwich Hospital. She was 82.
Cecelia was born September 13, 1936, at 241 South Regent Street to the late Paris Clayton Johns and Beatrice Ellen Johns. She was raised and educated in the Port Chester school system graduating with the Class of 1954. On November 6, 1955, she married Richard R. Wiggins.
One of her first jobs was waitressing at the Village Inn. She furthered here education by attending the Apex Beauty Culture School in NYC and became a Beautician at Pauline’s Beauty salon, Eva’s, and Dorsett’s Beauty Parlor all in Port Chester. Cecelia later became employed at Apex Pawnbrokers in White Plains for 25 years. After the relocation of Apex Pawnbrokers to Mount Vernon, she remained in White Plains and worked for Gem’s and Things at the same location of the former Apex Pawnbrokers. With Urban Renewal in White Plains, Cecelia took on her final sales position and returned to work at Apex which was relocated in Mount Vernon.
Cecelia is survived by her three sons: Karl L. Wiggins of Jamestown, NY, Jonathan L. Wiggins, Sr. of Baltimore, MD, and Rev. Timothy S. Wiggins of White Plains, NY; 3 grandsons: Jonathan L. Wiggins Esq., Timothy A. Wiggins, Nathaniel Harnett PhD, and granddaughter, Faith J. Wiggins; a brother and sister in-law Leroy A.& Bonnie Johns and a sister, Lenore Johns. Other family members include many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and 5 siblings: Paris “Duke” Johns, Hattie Thomas Darden, Vera Franklyn, Gloria Peterson Johnson and Bessie Newson Britto.
When problems arose, Cecelia recited her most famous quote: “Grace and Mercy.”
The family will receive friends on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m at Craft Memorial Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s RC Catholic Church, 84 Sherwood Ave. Greenwich, CT on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Interment will follow in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwich Hospital or to a charity of one’s choice.
Craft Memorial Home, Inc. 40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY (914) 939-0131
5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich CT 06830
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