Marilyn R. Wigginton

Marilyn Ruth Wigginton (nee Kinder)

July 30, 1939-June 10, 2014

Marilyn R. Wigginton, loving wife, wonderful mother, fantastic grandmother and great friend of many died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 after a very brief but valiant fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her family when she passed. In her final words she said, “I am happy and I am ready.”

Marilyn was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on July 30, 1939 to Joseph L. Kinder and Doris Kinder. She was their only child and they doted on her their entire lives. She was the “apple of their eyes.”  She grew up in East St. Louis and graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in June, 1957. She has been described by many as “one of the prettiest girls to come out of East St. Louis!” She was an excellent student involving herself in many activities including Latin Club, Girls Advanced Chorus, the Future Teachers of America, the Camera Club and a member of the school newspaper.  She was an avid reader and devoured books at an exceptional rate throughout her entire life.  A trait she passed on to her children.

Marilyn met the love of her life, Robert “Benny” Wigginton at East St. Louis Senior High School. They married in 1959. They had 55 amazing years together and they truly lived up to their wedding vows, loving one another in good times and bad (like all families they experienced both),”for richer, for poorer” ( they experienced both),” in sickness and in health” (obviously experienced) “from this day forward until death do us part.”

Marilyn and Benny had three children. All boys- Robert, Stephen and Darrell.  Although, she preferred to call them “Robby”, “Stevie” and “Derry”. She loved “her boys” more than anything in the world and was always protective and supportive. Her boys adored her and are grateful to have been so blessed to have Marilyn as their mom.

Marilyn loved to laugh. She loved having informal gatherings around the pool, which occurred regularly. Her two favorite holidays were Christmas Eve and the Fourth of July. She went all out on those holidays with decorations, food and drink. She welcomed her many friends to the parties and there was always lots of laughter!

Marilyn loved animals but was especially fond of cats. From the time she was a little girl she always had a “kitty cat.”  She always welcomed stray cats into her care; even those that “Derry” said just followed him home. She rescued and raised feral kittens left behind her home in the country and treated them just like her prized Himalayan cats. Spoiled rotten of course.

Marilyn loved color! She loved bright colors! Her clothing was colorful. Her home was colorful. Her many flower beds are colorful. And the many dollhouses Benny and she built are all very colorful. It made her happy to have brightly painted rooms and she didn’t hesitate to change the color of a room whenever she felt the need to arise. Her love of color was just an illustration of her love of life.

She was preceded in death by her father Joseph “Lynn” Kinder (1981), her mother Doris Kinder (2002) and daughters-in-law Tammy Wigginton (1994) and Beth Wigginton (2014).

She is survived by her husband, Benny Wigginton, three sons Robert, Stephen (Kathy) and Darrell (Janis) all of Troy, Illinois. Grandchildren: Bobby, Stephanie, Nick, Dakota, Dylan, Jason and Miranda.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

Visitation will be held at the Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, Illinois on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial service will be held at the Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, Illinois on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m with Gary Steffaniak officiating. Private burial will be in Friedens Cemetery in Troy, Illinois.


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