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Feb. 18, 1936—Feb. 27, 2016 Frances Clydene Dwiggins went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Feb. 27, 2016, in Avon, IN, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She had recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Eleene Cook, and her husband, Charles “Chuck” Dwiggins. She is survived by her two children, Steven Driggers (Shellie) of Avon, IN, and Leisa Wyatt of New Cumberland, PA, as well as four step-children whom she raised from a young age, Todd Dwiggins of Pikeville, Scott Dwiggins of Blountstown, FL, Tracey Dwiggins Cross (Paul) of Crossville, and Angela Dwiggins Nelson of Slidell, LA. She had 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her only sibling, sister Terry (Cook) Rodgers of Anderson, IN, and Terry’s two children, Nicholas Rodgers and Amy Farler. Born in 1936 in Hilham, TN, Clydene moved at a young age with her family to Anderson, IN, where she grew up and graduated from Anderson High School. She belonged to the Future Teachers Club and performed as a majorette. She married her high school sweetheart and had two children. She later married Chuck Dwiggins, to whom she was married for more than 35 years. Clydene attended classes at Tennessee Tech and Ball State University early in her life and worked for various employers, mostly in secretarial roles, until her retirement from the local school system in Crossville, where she worked as a substitute teacher and librarian. She and Chuck lived in several cities in central Indiana due to job-related moves with Chuck’s employment at Indiana Bell until his retirement, after which they moved to their 65-acre farm in Pleasant Hill. Over the years they had owned cows, horses, goats, chickens, dogs and cats. She loved all animals and especially loved riding horses. She and Chuch were able to travel all over the country for many years and spent their winters in Florida for the last several years of their lives. Private services will be held. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in her honor, alzfdn.org.
Published on  March 10, 2016
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