DIXON – Norma Elaine Burns Wigginton was born March 18, 1934, in rural Hardin County, Iowa, to Harry and Pearl (Stewart) Burns. Norma entered her heavenly rest Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Dixon.
She began school in Butler County, Iowa, before the family settled in 1941, near Eldora, Iowa. She was crippled by polio in August 1947, and spent the remainder of 1947 in the hospital at Iowa City. Undaunted by her disability, she enrolled at Eldora High the following fall. She continued her education, and graduated in 1956 from Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Upon graduation, Norma moved to Dixon, where she became the director of Christian education for the Methodist church. She remained in that position until 1961, when she became a social worker and later the director of Unit 8 at the Dixon State Hospital. Following a brief retirement, she returned to social work with the handicapped at the Center for Human Development. Her last employment was as the executive secretary of the Lincoln Land Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Norma’s many interests included participation in her Methodist Women’s Circle and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed travel, good music, and reading. Friends remember Norma as one of the most patient and gentle persons to ever walk the face of this earth. Despite extreme adversities which limited her physical abilities, Norma remained a loving spirit.
Norma’s first love always was her family. She married Dave Wigginton on Dec. 14, 1963, at First Methodist Church, where she and Dave remained active members ever since. Norma and Dave were blessed with a loving son, Karle, and his wife, Mary Beth; and daughter, Kerry, and her husband, Maurice Lin; and six grandchildren, Matthias, Eliana, Gabriel, and Samara Wigginton, and Keldon and Karissa Lin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Elmer Burns; and one stepson, Brian Wigginton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Mike Jones, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
A memorial has been established.
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