October 2, 1924 ~ December 7, 2010

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

SARAH ELLEN SHOTWELL WIGGINS ASHEVILLE – Sarah Ellen Shotwell Wiggins, 86, of Asheville, died Monday, December 6, 2010, at Courtyard Healthcare Center. A native of Buncombe Co., she was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Annie Blanche Evans Shotwell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Clifton Wiggins; a son, Robert "Butch" Edward Adams; and five brothers and five sisters. Mrs. Wiggins worked as a caregiver for the elderly at CarePartners for over 20 years. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by daughters Mary King of Leicester, JoEllen Adams of Asheville, and Becky Gudger and her husband, Arthur, of Asheville; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Smith of West Asheville; and a brother, Harry Shotwell and his wife, Betty Ann, of Asheville. A graveside service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with the Rev. Dr. Johnny Tiller officiating. Memorials may be made to Groce Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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  1. God had a place in Heaven for Sarah,he called her home, she will be missed, Mary,Rena,Becky,JoEllen and all the family,,my Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time,she will always be in my Heart,,I loved her so Much,she was the most Thoughtful and Kindest Person,You would ever want to know, always looked like she stepped out of a Band Box,,A Beautiful Person inside and out.Hearing of her passing,broke my heart,but I have the beautiful memories and a promise of seeing her again in Heaven.So to each of you, Cherish her Memories they are forever.Words cannot describe what a Precious Person she was….

    Much Love,Jean

  2. Mary,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know how close you were. Reminds me a lot of my Mom and myself…I can’t imagine the pain you are going through right now.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mary,

    So sorry to hear about the loss of you mother. I know how special she was to you and that she will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  4. Mary,
    May the memories held deep within your heart help to soothe your spirit during this difficult time. In this time of heartache, when your hurt gets eally bad, look to your faith, hold close to every memory, and remember that nothing can ever take those precious moments away. May love be your comfort during this difficult time ….
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jo, Tooter, & Becky. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Your loss is Heaven’s Gain. What a happy and gracious Mother! I always will remember the ‘fun’ times at your house when we were ‘little girls’. The times we played ‘dress-up’ in her clothes is such a fun rememberance. She was not only beautiful on the outside but inside also. She was so compassionate, always helping others. We shall see her in Heaven one day and she will be healthy, happy, young, & beautiful again. What a Wonderful Day that will be. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you during this sad time in your lives. Love you all very much. Iva Jean & Charles, Duane & Donna Kay

  6. I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, May thoughts of all your mother meant -Of love she gave, of good times spent -Bring you peace
    and comfort, too, And keep your mother close to you. Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on. Our greatest sympathy. I have observed the faith.-2Timothy 4:7. As for me, I will lie down that I may sleep; I shall certainly awake, for Jehovah himself keeps supporting me. -Psalms 3:5

  7. My dear friend Mary: I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know how much you loved and cared for her. Mike and I will be thinking of you. Much love, Nancy Meeks

  8. Sarah, I miss our singing together. You’re a special lady and touched my heart in a special. I will miss you dearly. Love you, you’re 2nd shift nurse and friend always. Love you.

  9. Mary,
    My Prayers and Thoughts are with you at this time of Sorrow. I took as good of Sarah the best as I could. We will all miss Sarah here at Courtyard. I know that I will miss her dearly. Now she is in Hesaven with Jesus Walking the streets of Gold. My Love to you Always & Forever.

  10. Sarah you will be missed by me & Janet. We will always remember you in our hearts. You are now with the Good Lord. MARY : our hearts go out to you & the Family. Our Love to you in this time of Sorrow!!

  11. Harry, Betty Ann, and Sarah’s Family, I can remember when you couldn’t throw a rock on S. French Broad Ave. without hitting either a Shotwell or Hollar and now there are only two Shotwells left. In life we are never ready to lose our loved ones and the only comfort has to come from Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the manifested concern of caring friends. We just hope in some small way it does help to know others do care. Joe and Zunita Clark

  12. I want you to know that I feel your pain, but know also that your Mom is in such a better place and have comfort in knowing that she will always be with us and we will all meet again. She was a wonderful person and so much fun! Man could she dance!! She will be missed by so many,as she touched so many lives. I’ll always remember how she & Mother and Louise would coordinate their outfits they looked like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine! Well your Mom & my Mother are dancing and dressing together again and looking after us all here. I wish I could be there but please know that I love you all and am there in spirit. Give each other a hug for me. Pat& Family

  13. Dear Mary,
    I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Louise passing, but I know she lived a full and happy life and was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
    Some of my fondest memories of her were at Christmas with her and granny all decked out in their Christmas finest, and how much laughter they brought to the children. I can just see them dancing with the kids and laughing, having a wonderful time.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and know Aunt Sarah is up in Heaven with Granny watching over us all.

    Love, Cindy, Marisa, Kylie, Ryder,
    and Carly

  14. I met Sarah at Mt. Care when I was taking my father, Lee Banks, there. My father thought there was no-one like her. She was a special lady and we loved her. After my father died, I would occassionally see Sarah at J&S cafeteria. She was a wonderful lady. My thoughts are with all of the family at this time. Shirley B. Shope

  15. Dear Mary,
    Well, apparently I am no longer able to multi-task, I was writing about Aunt Sarah, and all the memories of Aunt Sarah, Aunt Louise, and granny were running through my mind while telling my youngest daughter, Carly, about Aunt Sarah. I can’t think of one sister, without thinking of all three! Love you all, Cindy

  16. To The Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sarah. She was a wonderful great aunt, and Mattie always talked about the family reunions and all the fun and laughter they shared together.Sarah will be missed. May the Lord provide you the comfort and solace during this sad time.With deepest sympathy, David & Judy Matthews


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