Nell "Bug" Everage Wiggins

May 19, 1930 - June 4, 2021

Gladys Nell “Bug” Everage Smith Wiggins, 91, died June 4, 2021, at her home in Beaumont.

She was born May 19, 1930, in Montrose, La., to Mancy and Mary Everage. They lived in Louisiana until 1943 when they moved to Jasper, Texas. Nell graduated from Jasper High School in 1947 and later that year married the late Ziess Smith, Jr. Their daughter, Patricia Nell, was born a year later.

Nell worked as a telephone operator until 1958 and was employed at First National Bank of Jasper from 1960 to 1969. They then moved to Beaumont where she worked at American National Bank and Education First FCU.

She married Daylee Wiggins on May 26, 1990 and were married until his death in 1999.

Nell loved to travel, especially to Nashville, San Francisco, Europe, Hawaii, Colorado and on Elvis Presley cruises.

Nell loved her family and dear friends, loved to talk and truly never met a stranger. She suffered a stroke in 2018 that affected her speech which was very hard for her.

Nell was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church until its closure. She loved the Lord and her church family. She worked in the United Methodist Women’s Mission Group in several capacities.

Nell is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Florence Russell, Ruthie Miller and DeLain Thibodeaux; and brother, Joseph “Buddy” Everage.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Shuler; grandson, Shannon Shuler and wife Debbie; children, Joy Wiggins Jung and husband Brian and Geoffery Wiggins; and great-grandchildren, Robin Lindsey, Reid Lane Shuler, Megan Venable and husband Brennan, and Emily Jung; great-grandchild, Jackson Venable; and all her nieces and nephews.

The family thanks her niece, Mary Teutsch for her care during Nell’s cancer treatment; Diane Anderson for her care after Nell’s stroke, and her niece, Sherry DuBois for her care.

A gathering of Mrs. Wiggins’ family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m. with her funeral service to follow at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 7, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Clark, Chase Wert, Logan Goss, Cecil DuBois, Charlie Pickle and John Harris.

Memorials may be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77704 or to the charity of your choice.

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Donnie and Brenda DuBois

Patricia we are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. That is a hard time to go thru but we know she is living it up in Heaven with all her family that went before her. Love and prayers for you.❤️

Shirley Phillips

Miss Nell was a wonderful lady. She will be missed by many.

Terry Pickle

A true sweetheart of a lady in every sense.

Chris & Melissa O’Dell

Pat, We were so saddened to hear of Bug’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and a beautiful person. We all loved her dearly. She was a beloved friend to our mom who talked of her often. “Go rest high on that mountain!” Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Mary Ann Bower Tucker

Patricia I am so sad to learn of your Mother's death. She was a one of a kind person that taught me so much when I went to work with her at Teacher's Credit Union back in 1980. Nell was always fun and full of life along with loving to travel, especially to Graceland. She love you and the rest of her family greatly. I know Daylee was waiting on his "Sweetie" when Jesus called her home. They were perfect for each other. I'm so sorry that we drifted apart during the last 8 or so years after I had cancer too but my love for her has never ended. May Nell rest in peace!

Wanda “Cookie Everage” Gonzales

So sorry for your loss Patricia, your mom was a special lady always happy in life.

Barbara A. Leslie

Patricia, I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I had the pleasure of working with her at the Teachers Federal Credit union of Beaumont. We also had fun outside of the Credit Union . She will be missed!

Diann Anderson

I am going to miss you I appreciate all the years that we have shared. I appreciate that you showed me Nashville Memphis Tennesee on our traveling days with your dad Peggy and Pat. Thanks also for the trip to Las Vegas with Ruthie Yourself Pat and me . You gave me good memories I can't forget love you Nell Mrs Wiggins and Bug rest in Heavenly Peace and Family find Comfort in Our Lord and Saviors Arms gone not Forgotten .Daughter from another mother Diane Anderson

Art Williams & Kenneth Jones

Pat, so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was such fun to be around, never a dull moment. I know you will miss her, you have many years of good memories to last you a life time.. May Nell rest in peace.

Susan Loland

I'm sorry you've lost your mom Pat. You have Been so dedicated to her care.I remember you talking Talking about all the traveling you did together. Will be keeping you on my prayers.