Mary Kiger, age 87, passed away in Austin on May 21, 2017.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home at 12 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. . .
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange, Texas.
Mary was born in Tenaha, Texas on April 27, 1930. She was one of 7 daughters born to Bailey and Maybell Hickman. She grew up in Scurry county near Hermleigh, Texas, where the family moved for a drier climate and cotton farming. After graduating high school Mary moved to Houston, Texas and worked at department stores while living at the YWCA. She then met her husband, Jim on a blind date. They were married on August 27, 1950 and had three children.
Mary was always known a someone who was devoted to her family and friends. In addition to making a home and raising her own family, she served as bookkeeper for her husband’s business Kiger Brothers Machine. Mary was involved with the PTA, 4-H Clubs, a delegate to the State Republican Convention in Houston, Texas. Talented in anything she chose to do, she excelled in cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, cake decorating and bread baking.
In the late 70's Mary moved to La Grange, Texas first on weekends then full time around 2001 to call it home. Mary was a completely selfless and tireless woman. She took care of the farm, her family, and everyone else that was around. Mary was known for her elaborate 4th of July parties here in LaGrange . She was the glue that kept the family together, the constant peacemaker. A small woman that could do the work of ten men. She was a loyal partner, mother, and grandmother, and one who was always available when you were in need. She will be missed.
She is survived by her two daughters Cynthia Standley and Jennifer Kiger and her husband Kenneth Brast. Sisters Punkin Beissner, Brenda Craft, Linda Leisinger and Margie Finley. Grandchildren Drew Standley, Elaine Standley, Caleb Kiger and Hannah Kiger. Great-Grandchildren Lauren Standley, Ella Standley and Brock Easley.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Eugene Kiger; Son, Gary Kiger; Father, Bailey Hickman; Mother, Maybell Hickman; two sisters, Maxine Thompson and Thelma Kmiec
Family suggests memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Texas, American Cancer Society and/or a charity of one’s choice.