Celebrating the life of Beatrice Lavone Wiggins
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From 1969 on Beatrice taught Social Studies at many of the city’s schools but she was at Central High School for the longest time. In 1992 she went to Hope High School as Acting Principal and then the Acting Zone Administer until 1999. In 1999 she was assigned to Mount Pleasant as Assistant Principal and then Principal until 2003. From 2003 to 2004 she was appointed Principal of PAIS. She retired from from that position in 2004 with a lifetime certification in Social Studies and Administration.
She continued her studies throughout her teaching and received a Master's degree from Providence College. After retiring, her commitment to education continued. While her health permitted it, she attended School Committee meetings. Her goal was to be a “Watch Dog” in regard to the best path forward for the schools. She spoke with eloquence and passion about educational issues.
She is survived by her daughter’ Bridgette N. Holton, and a niece, Rhonda Brower, of Providence. Two of her nephews, Rushia “RH” and Russell Wiggins also live in Rhode Island. Her sister, Mary Wiggins Brown, and a brother, Frank Wiggins in addition to many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, live in Florida.
She was the daughter of the late Rushia H. and Emma (Hill) Wiggins. She was the sister of the late Rushia, Samuel, Boysie, Robert, Charley and Earl Wiggins and Olivia Wiggins Lane and Edna Wiggins Moore.
Beatrice was an avid tennis fan. She was a regular spectator at the Virginia Slims Tournament from its inception and then the Hall of Fame Tournament in Newport for many years. The players’ tennis skills were appreciated and their outfits
critiqued. She also followed the Williams sisters’ success with great interest.
Cooking was one of her great interests. Her holiday meals were delicious especially when finished off with her sweet potato pie.
There will be a Memorial Service on February 8, 2014 at the Central High School Auditorium at 12:30.
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