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Gladys L. Biggs

Gladys Lorene Biggs, 90, died April 15, 2020 at Fair View Nursing Home, Sedalia, MO.

She was born November 22, 1929 in Clinton, MO, the daughter of Dowl and Carrie (Davis) West.  Gladys married (Thomas) Martin Biggs on October 20, 1946, a union lasting 71 years.  Gladys was Martin’s caregiver during his ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Martin and Gladys were lifelong member of Emmett Avenue Baptist Church and Gladys has enjoyed her visits and loving support from the members and Pastor Harvey.  They both enjoyed family gatherings and home most of all, trips to Branson and could make much fun with the ordinary things of life.  Gladys was first a wife and homemaker but worked in her early adult years at Town and Country Shoes, where she met her sweetheart Martin.

In later years she also enjoyed two years of employment at Archais Floral Shop.  When Gladys’s health declined, she entered Fair View Nursing Home in August 2019.  Her special friends there were dining table mates Bill and Margaret, and neighbors Joanne and Edna.  On November 22


, she was surprised by her family with a 90


birthday party in the Fair View dining room.  Extended family and friends, former neighbors and church family all enjoyed a fun afternoon of stories, humor, music and dance.

She is preceded by her husband Martin, a daughter, Janet Fay Heimsoth; two sisters, Lois Dotson and Helen Evans.

Surviving are a son, Michael Biggs; two daughters, Rhonda Zink (Bob), and Karen Thornton (Dennis); grandchildren, Carrie Howieson (George), Tonia Weaver (Frosty), Bob Zink (Stephanie), John Walker, and Julie Naylor; great-grandchildren, Rachel Howieson, (Logan), Sam Howieson, Justin Weaver, Harrison and Aaron Zink, Brandy Naylor; great-great-granddaughter, Kalynn Rae.  Gladys is also survived by her sister, Opal Chancellor; sisters-in-law, Margaret Forrest and Ada Louise Biggs, and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends may stop by to view and sign the guestbook from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday April 18


at Heckart Funeral Home.

Those who wish to remember Gladys in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Emmett Avenue Baptist Church, 400 E. Walnut, Sedalia, MO or Fair View Nursing Home Activities Fund, 1714 W. 16


St., Sedalia, MO, to benefit the residents there.
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