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Obituary: Linda Bennett Wiggins

Linda Bennett Wiggins

1950 ~ 2007

Linda was an optimist: she looked at life, not as a glass half full or half empty, but as one overflowing with joy, no matter what the hardships. Her smile was bright and natural. She was an instant friend to anyone who met her, but formed long-lasting friendships with circles of friends, her book clubs, scrapbooking group and co-workers. She delighted when these circles overlapped and one group that was special to her met another. The Cancer Survivors' Support group at HCI was one of the

strongest circles. She lived with

cancer for 10 years; sharing the

triumphs and setbacks with this group and others. She had a special love for Michelle, Tessie, Mare, Lisa,

Kathy, and Pat. The eight years in chemotherapy were among the most productive and joyful of her life. She fought hard for the time to raise her sons, Michael David and

Christopher John Wiggins. She was determined to be a long-term

survivor, and defy statistics. Her cancer increased her resolve to make every moment count, with family and with service to others. Her battle with cancer was personal, and she financially supported the research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Linda was born to Horace Coffin Bennett and Patricia Batten Bennett, January 3rd, 1950. On June 9, 1970 she married Robert B. Wigginswho she had known since sixth gradein Ogden, Utah. They attended classes together at the U, both earning BAs in English. They were sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple on January 16, 2004. She passed peacefully into the next life at her home, surrounded by family and friends, on October 7, 2007.

Her best friends were Bob, her husband of 37 years, her sister

Carol Bennett, and, since the age of five, Deanna Cox Baugh.

Mike and Chris were born in 1986 and 1988, and the greatest joy in her life was being their mother. She worked with them through school and basketball, soccer, piano, guitar, and cub scouting. She loved them and was proud of everything that they did. She was absolutely the best mom that she could be.

Mike's marriage to Reena in July 2007 brought her the daughter that she was waiting for. Linda and Reena had a budding love and friendship; Linda loved Reena's

extended Rogers-Nelson family,

especially Cindi and Audrey.

Linda's favorite times were gatherings of her extended Wiggins

family. She loved her 25 nieces and nephews and loved watching them grow up; she took great joy in their weddings and the birth of their

children. She was grand-aunt to 10.

Her extended family included her parents-in-law Ed and Alice

Wiggins, and Bob's siblings:

Maryann (Lee) Stevens, Nancy (Craig) Richards, Patti (Ron), Tracy, Jim Wiggins, Dave (Julie) Wiggins, and Scott (Deann) Wiggins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law, her brother-in-law, Ron Tracy, and her niece, Julie Stevens.

Linda loved her Mt Olympus Fifth Ward family. She enjoyed many years working with cub scouts, and loved them dearly. She was currently Relief Society Secretary. She loved getting to know the older sisters, and drew strength from their stories of struggles and life well lived.

Linda worked for ORS for 25 years; one of her book clubs

maintained her friendship with her wonderful coworkers. She was a friend of employees and spouses at Quartzdyne.

Linda above all was generous, and delighted in helping others. She

believed strongly in the value

of education and provided family scholarships to her nephews and

nieces. While she paid more tuition to BYU, she was a true Ute, a great supporter of the College of

Engineering, and of the Lowell Bennion Center.

Linda loved to volunteer, tutoring kids at Eastwood, Canyon Rim, and especially Bateman Elementary Schools. She also enjoyed the older people she met as a volunteer tax preparer for AARP. By volunteering at Red Butte Gardens, she learned how to care for her front garden with its "drought-resistant" flowers and grasses. Even more, she loved the opportunity that it gave her to meet people who walked our


She spent most of her life along the Wasatch Mountains, and loved their beauty in all seasons. She grew up in Roy, and raised her family in the Salt Lake Valley. Her childhood joys were swimming and Girl

Scouting, which she was enjoyed with her mom, Carol, and Deanna. She enjoyed studying French, German, and Spanish. She loved the three years that she and Bob lived in


Linda expresses her love and

appreciation to her medical support team: Dr. John Ward, Marsha Mills, all the nurses in Infusion at HCI, Wendy Capener, and Michele Dobrowski.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 at Mt Olympus Fifth Ward, 3600 S. 3610 E. A viewing will be held in the same location on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m. Linda will be buried beside her

parents at Memorial Gardens in


Linda was the common thread as she wove a tapestry of friends,

family and loved ones. Prior to

coming home from the hospital, she expressed a desire to have all her friends gather at an open house which she wanted to host personally in her home. "I have so many groups of friends that don't know each other but they all know of each other, and I want them to meet." Her desire was to have this open house while she was still alive so that she could enjoy the final weaving

together of her tapestry. To honor her desire, the Wiggins Family

invites you to attend a Tapestry of Love, a Celebration of Life for Linda on Thurs. Oct. 18, 2007, 5-8 p.m. Please write a short story of your fondest memory of Linda for a scrapbook and bring it with you to the Celebration.