On October 24, 1944, Florence Marie Wiggers affectionately known as “Florene” was born in Camden, Arkansas to the union of Ira Brown Sr. and Ruth Marie Brown. Florene accepted Christ at an early age and became very active in the church. In 1953, she settled in San Diego, CA. She became an active member of The Upper Room Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Elder Joseph Hutchinson, where she later became a Sunday school teacher. Florene later attended Israelite Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Elder A.L. Brown; finally residing at Gospel Center Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Rev. James Pearson. Florene attended Stockton Elementary School, Memorial Jr. High and went on to graduate from San Diego High School.
On June 14, 1969, Florene was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Wesley Major Wiggers. Together they raised six children. She was a devoted wife and mother who took care of her family.
Florene was employed with the City of San Diego Sanitation Department. She later opened her in-home daycare, “Flo’s Tot Land”, and ran it successfully until she retired.
Florene enjoyed many things; as a little girl she picked grapes and enjoyed working with her father selling watermelons. She loved music and would listen for hours on end. Florene enjoyed card parties; her favorite being bid-whist and poker. She loved to fish with her sisters on the creek or as she would say, “the water hole”. She loved Western Movies and never missed a good John Wayne flick. Florene liked to spend time with family, friends, and traveling. She also liked to shop endlessly. Florene loved going to restaurants with family, her favorite being “Red Lobster”. Florene liked reading the local African American Newspaper, “The Voice and Viewpoint”. She also liked doing crossword puzzles. Florene also enjoyed cooking for holiday dinners for her family. Florene’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called her “Nanny”. She always prayed for them. She taught her family about having faith in God and to never doubt Him, instilling that God will make everything alright.
Florene was a caring wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a true woman with grace, beauty, and sass.
On May 16, 2020, God called Florence Marie Wiggers home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ira Brown Sr. and Ruth Marie Brown; her husband, Wesley Major Wiggers; son, Fredrick Lameast Wiggers; three brothers: Ivory Brown, Ira Brown Jr., and Benny Brown; four sisters: Annie Mae Davis, Barbara Harris, Susie Mae Cheadle, and Gladys Copeland.
Florene leaves to cherish her memory five children: one son, James Wiggers; four daughters: Algeretta Sawyer, Angela Wiggers, Aishia Wiggers, and LaZeeta Wiggers all of San Diego, CA; two brothers, Willie Jay Brown of Fresno, CA and Benjamin Sam Brown of San Diego, CA; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Herbert Sawyer of San Diego, CA; one lifelong friend/sister, Dorothy Collier of San Diego, CA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends to morn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
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