Doris C. Wiggins, a teacher in the Baltimore City public schools for 23 years and an advocate for the homeless, died last Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of hemochromatosis, a rare liver disease. She was 57.
She retired from teaching in 1983 and in 1989 founded Doris' Place of Care, a convalescent care facility for the elderly and needy. There currently are four branches.
Ms. Wiggins bequeathed her body to science. A niece, the Rev. Linda Stallings of Baltimore, said Ms. Wiggins "fed the hungry, she visited the prisons, she cared for the sick, and then in the end she gave her body, like Christ, so that others might live."
In 1990, the Johns Hopkins University and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke honored Ms. Wiggins with awards for her efforts for the disadvantaged. Ms. Wiggins was born and reared in Painter, Va., where she graduated from Mary Nottingham Smith High School. She moved to Baltimore in 1956. After graduating from Coppin State College in 1960, she began teaching in Baltimore schools.
After moving to Baltimore, she joined St. John's AME Church. She later became a member of Payne Memorial AME Church, 1714 Madison Ave., where services are to be held at 7 p.m. today.
In addition to her niece, Ms. Wiggins is survived by two daughters, Janice Collins and Mary Wiggins, both of Baltimore; a sister, Rachel Roberts of Baltimore; two brothers, George Rogers of Willingboro, N.J., and Louis Rogers of Painter, Va.; five nephews; four nieces; and six great-nieces.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Doris' Place of Care, c/o Janice Collins, 903 Ducatel St., Baltimore 21217.