This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Odessa Wiggins 94 years old , born on February 25, 1925 and passed away on February 10, 2020. We will remember her forever.   

                    Service Information 

   Thursday, February 20, 2020
                 Viewing 10am-11am
                 Funeral 11am    
                 Lakewood NJ Funeral Home
   located @ 6250 Highway 9, Howell NJ 07731 

        Friday, February 21, 2020
                 Burial 12:30pm
                 Calverton National Cemetery, NY

Posted by Sabrina McNair Sherod on February 20, 2020
Dear cousin Carol and My Family,
Memories of those we love forever make their homes deep within our hearts. Aunt Odessa's style, spirit and tenacity will never die -- it lives in you. So many good times and memories that will always keep us going. She was beautiful and she was resolute.   ..and Carol, Aunt Odessa brought me you.

Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

We are sorry for your loss and will surely keep our loved ones in prayer. We're here for you.

Love, The McNair's
Posted by Barbara Adams on February 18, 2020
Honoring the memory of a very sweet lady, my cousin and
dear friend "OD" as she is so lovingly called by many.
You were always very special to me and will always have a very special place in my heart...
Dear Carol, I know the many precious and loving memories
you have will prove both comforting and everlasting to all of you as God gives you the strength and courage needed to get through these difficult days.

Posted by Leroy Smith on February 18, 2020
To my Sister/Cousin Carol and family:
    My Aunt Odessa was always a pleasure to be around. She was both my Aunt and my Mother. I will always cherish the times we spent together. We will all miss the laughter in her voice and the twinkle in her eyes. She always carried herself with class and dignity. She was the yard stick by which we could measure our progress. She will be missed but never forgotten. Love always my dear Aunt Dessa one of the last matriarch of the family. 
                       Shirley and Family                 

Posted by Carolyn Sawyer-Marigna on February 15, 2020
Carolyn and family, your cousins the Bells and Sawyer Families of Fitzgerald, Ga. are sending our love, prayers and heartfelt condolences to you on the passing of your mother and our Cousin Odessa. We pray that God strengthen you all at this difficult time. Always know that your family loves you all, even though we are not near.
May Cousin Odessa Sleep In Peace with the rest of the family. We will always remember that beautiful smile and laugh when she came to Fairview in Fitzgerald to visit her Aunt Glennie and cousins.
Always know that you're never alone even in your hours of grief God is always present.
Posted by Irene Guild on February 15, 2020
Dear Craig & family,
Your grandmother have fought the good fight. She finished her course. She kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for her a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her on that day.
On behalf of Edmund Brannon & family.
Posted by Purchase Wood on February 14, 2020
Dear Auntie Carolyn,
To you and the family, it's never a good time to say goodbye to Mother, or to anyone whose so special. Memories, we will always have with us, and those we can continue to cherish. Here's how Jesus said it, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14: 27.
May His peace fill your hearts, and diminish your pains of lost. For in Christ, we look for a new life, one that has no ending, nor goodbyes. God bless you, and the family.
Love you dearly,
your nephew Purchase "Glenn" / Beverly Wood, sister n law - Bernice "Bunny" Taylor, and family.
Posted by Carl Ross on February 13, 2020
Carol, James, Craig, and Kim


An Angel whispered,
"Take my hand and
come with me;
your work here is done."

I went away to a place
where there's no tears nor sorrow,
only laughter and smiles.
There will always be a tomorrow.

As I move amongst the clouds.
I'll look down and smile upon you,
while the angels
sing a heavenly song.

Sorry for your lost. Family




Posted by Tiwanda Brown-Darby on February 13, 2020
Cousins Carol, James, Craig, and Kim

Our sincerest condolences to you all at this time. All of you are in our prayers. If there is anything that we can do to make this easier for you, please let us know.

Love,

Boop, Tiwanda, Terrell, Anthony and Daisy
Posted by Detra Epps on February 13, 2020
Aunt Carol, Uncle James, Cousin Craig, Kim and Kwanell,

We are sadden by the news of your mom and would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to you during this transition time of your Mom. There is no amount of words that can express the loss of your Mom, Grandmother, Friend and Family member so I am offering my deepest condolences, prayers and blessings to you Aunt Carol, Uncle James, Cousin Craig, Kim and Kwanell. Your mom and grandmother will always live through you and her testament shows all of her awesomeness (beauty, loving heart, happiness, love of life) through YOU.

Love you always!!!
Anna Lee, Amanda, Shawn, Brittany and Marquis.  
Posted by Amy Patunas on February 13, 2020
Dear Carolyn and family
My deepest condolences. I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting Odessa a few times but I’m those times I could tell she was one special lady.
May she Rest In Peace and remain in your hearts forever
Love,Amy
Posted by Howard Tornopsky on February 13, 2020
Dear Carol and family
My life Has been made richer because of the time I had spent with Mrs. Wiggins.
Mrs Wiggins is a tribute to a life well lived with dignity much love and generations that have come from her that she can be proud of
Posted by Irene E Elmore on February 12, 2020
Dear Carol & Family,
It was my utmost pleasure to have known your beautiful Mother. I will always cherish my visits to your home on Davidson Avenue and enjoying Mrs. Odessa's delicious meals.  Keep your lovely memories of your Mother forever etched in your heart. Know that I will keep you and the family in my daily prayers and meditation. You were a good caring daughter, which brought your Mom joy; most of all, she lived her best life.
Posted by Toney And Dawn Bell on February 12, 2020
Carolyn, we send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mother and our cousin Odessa. Always smiling, gracious and elegant are the memories I have of her. We pray for you and the kids strength during your time of mourning. We love you.
Posted by P. Martin on February 12, 2020
Sister Dear
From the age of 13&11 we have grown under the watchful eyes of Catherine and Odessa., our Mothers. They have both (now) passed on to a world without pain and sorrow, and welcomed to the Home of our Heavenly Father where there is only Peace and Love.
May You and I as we journey on in our lives, remember Them and share our love to our Daughter's and Son's as they shared and loved us.
God Bless you and The Family.
Posted by Oliver Winkfield on February 12, 2020
Carolyn,
I was sorry to hear about the death of your mother. I know that God will give you the strength to endure such a loss.  May the caring support of family and friends bring you strength and consolation. ... sharing in your sorrow at the loss of someone so dear to you. Your Cousin, Oliver

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Posted by Sabrina McNair Sherod on February 20, 2020
Dear cousin Carol and My Family,
Memories of those we love forever make their homes deep within our hearts. Aunt Odessa's style, spirit and tenacity will never die -- it lives in you. So many good times and memories that will always keep us going. She was beautiful and she was resolute.   ..and Carol, Aunt Odessa brought me you.

Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

We are sorry for your loss and will surely keep our loved ones in prayer. We're here for you.

Love, The McNair's
Posted by Barbara Adams on February 18, 2020
Honoring the memory of a very sweet lady, my cousin and
dear friend "OD" as she is so lovingly called by many.
You were always very special to me and will always have a very special place in my heart...
Dear Carol, I know the many precious and loving memories
you have will prove both comforting and everlasting to all of you as God gives you the strength and courage needed to get through these difficult days.

Posted by Leroy Smith on February 18, 2020
To my Sister/Cousin Carol and family:
    My Aunt Odessa was always a pleasure to be around. She was both my Aunt and my Mother. I will always cherish the times we spent together. We will all miss the laughter in her voice and the twinkle in her eyes. She always carried herself with class and dignity. She was the yard stick by which we could measure our progress. She will be missed but never forgotten. Love always my dear Aunt Dessa one of the last matriarch of the family. 
                       Shirley and Family                 

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Shared by D.j. Tariq Nelson on February 12, 2020
My Auntie Odessa one of the sweetest souls on earth. I will never forget your kindness. Thank you for all the pleasant memories, the hugs and encouragement throughout the years. To Carol, Kim and Craig, I am praying for comfort and healing. Loosing a mother and grandmother is never easy.