- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2006

Mary Wilder Biggerstaff, retired computer analyst at the Department of Agriculture, died July 23 at Genesis ElderCare nursing home in Severna Park, Md., following a long illness. She was 76.

Mrs. Biggerstaff was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Aberdeen, N.C., and attended Hamlet High School in Hamlet, N.C.

She married Ernest Hall Biggerstaff, an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense, on Oct. 12, 1950.

The couple moved to Arlington in 1952, and later lived in Landover Hills in Prince George’s County and Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County.

Mrs. Biggerstaff began working for the Department of Agriculture in 1972 as a clerk and typist. Despite not having a college degree, she worked her way up through the department’s ranks and retired as a computer analyst in the early 1990s.

Mrs. Biggerstaff enjoyed reading and gardening in her spare time, and also was a licensed private pilot. In one of her first flights, she and her son, Glenn, were routed up the Hudson River into New York City and flew eye-to-eye with the Statue of Liberty.

Mrs. Biggerstaff and her family spent many summers vacationing at the Outer Banks resort in North Carolina.

She also was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Bladensburg, where she served as a deacon in the 1970s.

Mrs. Biggerstaff lived for eight years at the Heritage Harbour adult community in Annapolis. She was buried July 27 in Lakemont Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Davidsonville.

Mrs. Biggerstaff is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Wilder Niven of Seven Lakes, N.C., and two sons, Glenn Alan Biggerstaff of Bishopville, Md., and Mark Ernest Biggerstaff of Pasadena, Md.

Her husband preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1999.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Mid-Atlantic Division Inc., 1041 Route 3 North, Building A, Gambrills, Md., 21054.

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