Elisabeth M. Biggar
In the early morning hours of October 27, 2008, Elisabeth Biggar, 89, gently passed away. She was born Elisabeth Meta Neumann on September 10, 1919, in Porst, the eastern part of Germany. Elisabeth was the 8th of 9 children in a farming family. In the midst of WWII on October 9, 1942, she married her childhood sweetheart, Fritz Duske. While in Germany they had two children, Brigitte (Przybylinski) and Manfred. In 1956 the family, sponsored by the Kent Methodist Church, immigrated to Kent, Washington. Another daughter, Anita (Knight) was born four years later. Tragedy struck Fritz down in the spring of 1961 leaving Elisabeth a widow. Her strength and faith carried her through. She proudly became a United States citizen in 1961. In 1963 Elisabeth married Jim Biggar who had three daughters; Janice (Jarrett), Phyllis (Sigurdson), and Lois (Otting).Jim and Elisabeth developed Waldheim Acres, a residential development near Lake Morton, and moved there in 1967. They loved travelling and went to Germany often. They attended many national and international Kiwanis events. Elisabeth had a real gift for gardening and shared her flowers, fruits, and vegetables with visitors. She embroidered and crocheted, took up toile painting and wrote her autobiography. Nothing gave Elisabeth more pleasure than her many grandchildren. Her cookie drawer was always full.Her faith upheld her in 1982 when her oldest daughter, Brigitte passed away suddenly. And again in January of 2006 when her hus-band Jim passed away. They had been married 42 years.Elisabeth lived a life of faith, strength, and determination, with a cheerful attitude and sweet smile. Her family and friends will miss her greatly. A service will be held on November 8, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Edline-Yahn Funeral Home in Covington.