Phyllis Ann Hunter Wiggin, 87, formerly of Newton (Waban), died peacefully with her devoted husband at her side on May 26 following a period of declining health.
Phyllis was born in Tungchow, China, on Jan. 29, 1933, the daughter of missionaries (United Church Board for World Ministries) teaching agriculture and English — the late Rev. James Albert Hunter and Maude Emily (Bull) Hunter.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Paul Warren Wiggin of Bedford and formerly of Newton (Waban). She was the loving mother of Margaret A. Wiggin of Hopkinton, Emily G.W. Brower of Ballston Spa, New York, Susan Ruth Wiggin Mueller of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Thomas H. Wiggin of West Springfield. She was the cherished grandmother of Jessica, Katie, Hannah, Max, Lucy, Cyrus, Charlie, Molly, Ethan, Grace and Lili. She is also survived by eight nieces and six nephews in the Stem, Hunter, Church and Slater families.
Phyllis received her B.A. in botany from Wellesley College and her master’s degree in library science from Simmons College. She was assistant children’s and reference librarian for 31 years at The Wellesley Free Library. Phyllis loved books, birds, nature and music. She was an active member of The Union Church in Waban, and later of The First Parish in Weston.
A memorial service celebrating Phyllis’ life will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather and remember her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her memory may be sent to The Nature Conservancy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland.