The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 5, 2014

Wilda Mae Higginbotham

BURLINGTON, N.C. — After a lifetime of service to the Lord, Mrs. Wilda Mae Higginbotham, met her Savior face to face on March 3, 2014, at the age of 84 years old.

Mrs. Higginbotham was born Feb. 1, 1930, to James Clifford and Wilburn Mattie Wolfe, of Rogersville, Mo.

She married Rev. Charles Paul Workman May 2, 1948, devoting over 40 years of their life to the Baptist ministry, pastoring churches in Aurora, Springfield, Joplin, and Neosho, Mo. Wilda also worked for J.C. Penney's and Mason-Woodard Mortuary, where she was very active in the Surviving Spouses Group. Rev. Workman preceded her in death in 1988.  

Wilda then married W.D. Bill Higginbotham on Sept. 28, 1991. They were happily married for 14 years until his death on June 17, 2005.

She was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and a friend to everyone she met. She was known for her love of flowers and her love for people. A lifelong Missouri resident until the last year of her life, she moved to Burlington, N.C. in 2012 to be close to her daughter, where she passed away after a short illness.

Wilda is survived by her two children, Pamela Kay Jones, of Burlington, and Stephen Paul Workman, of Gaborone, Botswana. She is also survived by one sister, Clara Norman, of Springfield; five grandchildren, Amanda Wynee Workman, Matthew Garrett Jones, Derek Paul Workman, Devin Tyler Workman and Andrew David Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. A private service will be held on Saturday, March 8, with Rev. Stephen Workman officiating.

The family request donations be made to the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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