Doris Wiggins, teacher for 23 years

July 01, 1993|By Katherine Ramirez | Katherine Ramirez,Staff Writer

Doris C. Wiggins, a teacher in the Baltimore public schools for 23 years and an advocate for the homeless, died last Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of hemochromatosis, a rare liver disease. She was 57.

She retired from teaching in 1983 and founded Doris' Place of Care in 1989, a convalescent care facility for the elderly and needy. There currently are four branches.

In 1990, Ms. Wiggins was honored for her efforts to care for the disadvantaged, receiving an award from the Johns Hopkins University and another from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Her niece, the Rev. Linda Stallings, of Baltimore, said Ms. Wiggins life of service to others was fueled by her religious zeal.

"She has followed the path of Christ," said Ms. Stallings. "She fed the hungry, she visited the prisons, she cared for the sick, and then in the end she gave her body, like Christ, so that others might live."

"She bequeathed her body to science so that the medical community could discover the cause and a cure for her rare disease," the niece said.

Ms. Wiggins was born and reared in Painter, Va., where she graduated from Mary Nottingham Smith High School. She moved to Baltimore in 1956.

After graduating from Coppin State College in 1960 with a bachelor's in education, she began teaching in the Baltimore school system.

After moving to Baltimore, she joined St. John's AME Church. She later became a member of Payne Memorial AME Church, 1714 Madison Ave., where services were to be held at 7 p.m. today.

In addition to her niece, Ms. Wiggins is survived by two daughters, Janice Collins and Mary Wiggins, both of Baltimore; a sister, Rachel Roberts of Baltimore; two brothers, George Rogers of Willingboro, N.J., and Louis Rogers of Painter, Va.; and five nephews; four nieces; and six great-nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Doris' Place of Car, c/o Janice Collins, 903 Ducatel St., Baltimore, Md. 21217.

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