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Catherine Deloris Wiggins, nurse, longtime teacher

Sept. 15, 1935 – Jan. 27, 2015

Catherine Deloris Wiggins of Buffalo, a longtime elementary teacher, died Tuesday unexpectedly on her way home from a doctor’s visit. She was 79.

Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., the former Catherine Deloris Hughes was the eldest of four children. She attended St. Ann’s Academy in Winston-Salem, which was one of the first black private schools in the country. She graduated from St. Augustine College in Raleigh, N.C., in 1957 and moved to Buffalo in 1960.

Mrs. Wiggins worked as a registered nurse and phlebotomist at Millard Fillmore Hospital for a number of years. She later transitioned into a teaching career for the Buffalo Board of Education, from which she retired as an elementary teacher with over 30 years of service in the late 1990s.

While working as an educator, Mrs. Wiggins was given the opportunity to work with the Italian Magnet Program, traveling to Italy and opening her home to many students from abroad.

She was an active member of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Eastern Stars/Naomi Chapter 10. Her love of travel took her to all the continents except Asia.

Her husband of 10 years, Charles W. Wiggins Sr., died in 1966.

Survivors include a son, Charles W. Jr.; two daughters, Ethel A. and Michele Tyson; a brother, Alexander G. Hughes; a sister, Joann Hughes; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex St.

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