Marie Griffin Biggs, 89, of Seitz Road, Morganton, NC went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2009 after a 19 year long battle with cancer. Born in Burke County, NC on June 29, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Patrick Griffin and Mamie Maran Ramsey Griffin. She was a member of Amherst Baptist Church and the W.M.U. She was very proud that she and her late husband of 44 years, Claude Biggs, were active members of the Gideons. During her long work history she worked at several local hosiery mills, but was most proud of being a waitress at several local restaurants.Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Kenneth Canipe and wife, Reba, of Valdese, NC, and Neil Eugene Pitts, Sr. and wife, Elaine, of Morganton; daughters, Rita Nichols and husband, Buck, of Drexel, NC, Carolyn Clark of Morganton, and Edna Cook and husband, Al, of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Thelma Duckworth of Morganton, Evelyn Carswell of Valdese, and Gwendolyn Keener and husband, Howard, of Hickory, NC; a son-in-law, Ed Beach of Morganton; seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by four husbands; two infant daughters; a step-son, Pete Biggs; a daughter, Ellen Farmer Beach; and sisters, Helen Ross and Vera Powell.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Amherst Baptist Church with Reverends Harold Joplin, David Orders, and Ernie Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the home of Mrs. Biggs on Seitz Road.
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