Kathrine Howard Biggs

BiggsKathrine Howard Biggs, a longtime resident of Front Royal, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Warren Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 94.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 62 years, Robert M. Biggs, Jr. in 2004; her parents, William T. Howard and Miriam Sowers Howard of Lynchburg, VA; and a brother, William T. Howard, Jr. of Frederick, MD.

Surviving are two sons, Robert M. (Robbi) Biggs, III (wife Mercedita) of Front Royal and Thomas H. Biggs (companion Sandra Gadd) of Charlottesville; and two daughters, Kamelia B. (Kay) Crowley (husband Bill) of Toms Brook and Miriam B.(Boo) Campbell (husband Butch) of Front Royal.

Survivors also include six grandchildren: R. Michael Biggs (wife Jennie) of Dunwoody, GA; Michelle Biggs Timberlake (husband Mark) of Boyce; Amelia Crowley Hodson (husband Wilby) of Charlottesville; R. Andrew Crowley (wife Amber) of Maurertown; Matthew W. Campbell (wife Audrey) of Durham, NC; and Lucas P. Campbell of Stamford, CT.

Surviving as well are eight great-grandchildren: Lyla and Clara Biggs, Tristan and Alex Hodson, Abby and Alex Crowley, and Mia and Minette Timberlake.

Also cherishing her memory in addition to her immediate family are several nieces and nephews, her caregivers and associates at Commonwealth Assisted Living, and many faithful friends throughout the Front Royal community.

Born on November 24, 1920, in Lynchburg, VA, Mrs. Biggs was a graduate of E. C. Glass High School and went on to become an alumna of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with an AB Degree in sociology in June of 1942.

Later that same month, she married Lieutenant Robert M. Biggs, Jr., and the couple spent the next several years relocating between U. S. Army assignments in Lynchburg, Fort Monroe, VA, and the military airfield in Reading, PA before settling in Front Royal when Mr. Biggs was released from active duty and accepted a position with the American Viscose Corporation plant there.

She was employed for a number of years as an instructor and subsequently a substitute teacher with the Warren County Public Schools but always preferred to list her occupation as “homemaker”.

During her younger years in Front Royal, she was active with the Woodlawn Park Home Demonstration Club, the Front Royal Music Study Club, and the Blue Ridge Arts Council Board of Directors. She performed for several years with the annual Red Stocking Follies fundraiser programs for Warren Memorial Hospital.

As a member of Front Royal United Methodist Church throughout her life in Front Royal, she served with the church’s women’s circles and as a member of numerous committees. She was the recipient of the church’s annual honorary service candle in 1983.

Kathrine was quite the talented pianist, being almost famously known for her lifelong talent of playing virtually any requested selection without the need for sheet music, a skill she referred to as “playing by ear.” In that realm, her participation was regularly requested during the Virginia’s Outstanding Citizen ceremony held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center.

She performed for many years with the “Rusty Strings,” a musical group that offered periodic concerts for fellow citizens at area assisted living facilities.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held at Front Royal United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 19, at 11 pm, with Pastor Alan Combs presiding. An inurnment service for family members will follow at a later time.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00-8:00 pm at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Front Royal United Methodist Church, 1 West Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 or the Blue Ridge Arts Council, 305 East Main Street, Front Royal.

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