Velma Morgan Wiggins, 96 - Houston, Texas

Velma Morgan Wiggins, 96, of Houston, Texas, was born on a farm in Altizer, West Virginia to Milroy and Minnora Morgan. She and her twin sister Thelma were the youngest of six - 5 girls (Blanche, Janice, Ruth, Thelma and Velma) and one boy (Roma).

After completing business school, Velma worked for the WPA in Huntington, WV and at the Naval Ordnance Plant in Charleston. She enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and after completing training at Hunter College in NY and Milledgeville College for Women in GA, she served as Assistant Paymaster for the Small Craft Disbursing office at the Norfolk Naval Station.

It was while she was serving in the Navy she met the love of her life, her late husband William (Bill) Roberts Wiggins Jr. They were married in Norfolk, Virginia in 1945, each wearing their Navy uniforms.

After leaving the Navy, Velma worked for the Army in Baltimore, then with the Military Transport Service in Alexandria. Her professional life took a hiatus as Bill's career resulted in a number of transfers across the US (Norfolk, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, and San Francisco).

The family, which now included 3 children, finally settled permanently in Houston and Velma decided it was time to get back to work.

She took a job with Channel Two Television (KPRC) as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President/Operations Manager. She retired in 1989 after 25 years.

In her retirement years, Velma's favorite pastimes were playing bridge, traveling, shopping and surfing the web. She enjoyed connecting with family and friends through Facebook and FaceTime and looked forward to the annual Channel Two get-togethers.

Velma is survived by her son Bob, daughter Diane and son-in-law Vic Sowers of Houston, son Bill, daughter-in-law Brenda, grandchildren Will and Morgan of Snellville, Georgia, her sister Janice Hall of Frametown, West Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are scheduled for 9 AM on Monday, February 23 at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to your favorite charity or to the Caring Forever Foundation at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston.