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Reba Marie Biggs
October 8, 1937 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Reba Marie Toomer Biggs passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of November 27, 2023,
and in that moment, Heaven’s angels prepared for a feast knowing what kind of treats were about to
grace the table. Many knew Reba for her cooking—whether it be at her home or at Lillian Elementary
where she cooked breakfast and lunch for over one hundred children each day by herself—Reba’s love
language was food, and it’s a part of her that she gave freely.
Her husband, John’s, knack for growing an abundance of foods was matched only by Reba’s ability to
tend the garden—be it canning, freezing, or whatever it took to preserve the precious produce. There
was a one-time foray into making sauerkraut that was blessedly short-lived.
At Thanksgiving there were three versions of gravy made: one fully loaded with giblets, one with giblets
but no celery, and one plain. That is how important her family was to her. (Amanda didn’t eat any of the
gravy so this time it can’t be blamed on her.)
We cannot credibly pay homage to such a wonderful woman without recognizing her greatest love of
all: her family. Unconditionally absolute and unmatched in depth, her love and dedication to her family
was evident at every game, every school event, every performance, and every after-school meal
prepared. There were very few events Reba missed if her children or grandchildren were involved, and
there was nothing she wouldn’t do to ensure their success or happiness. In later years, she looked
forward to Rocky’s weekend updates on her great-grandchildren’s activities complete with pictures and
war stories. She was fiercely protective and never one to mince words in defense of her kids, grandkids,
or great-grandkids. All of us knew who to call if we needed a little help…or a big shovel.
A lifelong member of the Church of Christ, Reba could be found in the same spot on the same pew every
Sunday for as long as she was physically able to go. She adored her church family and loved seeing the
“kids” grow up, have families of their own, and continue to serve as adults.
Reba was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond, and Julia Toomer; brother, JL Toomer; sister,
Helen Sypert; husband, John Biggs; and son, Danny Biggs. She is survived by her son, Rocky Biggs, and
wife, KayLynn; daughter, Tina Woodlee and husband, Keith; grandchildren, Clint Biggs (Brooke), Amanda
Singer (Jay), Lacy Barnett (Clint), Jennifer Woodlee; great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Brayden, Josh, and
Alex; sister, Martha Harvey and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Those left behind to miss her will continue carrying the torch of love, good food, and fellowship in honor
of a woman whose exponential impact is impossible to replace.