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Mary Lee Biggs
April 29, 1942 ~ July 18, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
Mary Lee Biggs was born on April 29, 1942, in Oil Trough, Arkansas, to Dorcie Mae and Cleaver Jim Williford. She closed her eyes on earth and woke up in heaven on July 18, 2023, at the age of 81.
Following graduation from Alvarado High School in 1960, Mary Lee married her high school sweetheart Dan L. Biggs Jr., and they built a life in Alvarado, Texas. She and Dan had three children, Tracey, Danette, and Randy, and their home was always open to their children’s friends. Mary Lee spent several years as a beautician, then served as a secretary until she retired. She enjoyed sewing, loved visiting with her friends, and if she made you a chocolate pie, you were especially blessed. Most of all she cherished spending time with family.
Mary Lee gave her life to Jesus in a revival service at First Assembly of God Church in Alvarado at the age of 12. She was a member of that church until 1972, when she moved to First Baptist Church and recommitted her life to the Lord. She saw to it that her kids were in church, and she served by teaching GAs, youth and adult ladies’ classes. Mary Lee loved Jesus and was a faithful wife, mom, grandmother, and a friend to many. Her faith was best shown in the way she loved and cared for others.
Shortly after Dan’s passing in October 2020, Mary Lee contracted COVID-19 which left her with long-term issues that required constant care. Through her grief and personal health crisis, she remained steadfast that God was good, and that He would care for her. Even when she couldn’t recall a morning’s activities, she could recite the words of Scripture or a hymn. She loved the Lord to the end.
Mary Lee is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Dan L. Biggs, Jr.; her parents; and a brother, Jim Williford.
Mary Lee is survived by two daughters: Tracey (Tim) Knight of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and Danette (John) Dearing of Waxahachie, Texas; one son: Randy (Jill) Biggs of Frederick, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren: Ashley Knight, Caleb (Montana) Knight, Brittany Logan, Colton (Emily) Dearing, Drew (Kayden) Biggs, Molly Biggs, and Logan Biggs; four great-grandchildren: Adalyn, Wyatt, and Cade Logan and Harper Knight; and many beloved nephews, nieces, and friends.
A family visitation will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church, Alvarado, Texas. A funeral service will follow at 2:30 pm at the church and interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado.
The family is grateful to the wonderful staff and caregivers at Renaissance Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Italy, Texas, where Mary Lee was a favorite; to Hospice Plus in Italy, Texas; and to several special caregivers in her home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Alvarado youth fund (207 US 67, Alvarado, TX 76009) or Ouachita Baptist University Nursing Scholarship Fund (OBU Box 3754, Arkadelphia, AR 71998).