Beatrice "Bea" Biggs, 92, of Clinton, died at 5:15p.m. Jan. 27, 1998, at West Central Community Hospital. She was a retired reporter for several area newspapers, including The Daily Clintonian.
Born Nov. 30, 1905, in Vigo County, she was the daughter of Starling (Stearling) S. Biggs and Ida McNiel Biggs.
A member of First Baptist Church for more than 65 years, she was also a charter member of Vermillion County Historical Society, 50-year member of Business and Professional Women, a member of Union 46 and Altrusa Club of Terre Haute.
She started her newspaper career, from 1949 until 1992, as Wabash Valley correspondent for The Tribune Star, Indianapolis Star, and the weekly newspaper, Hoosier State in Newport. She also did correspondence work for The Daily Clintonian. Her interest in feature writing led her to develop a lengthy Women of Distinction of the Wabash Valley series and also a Sunday column announcing wedding anniversaries of local couples. Her news coverage included murder trials and courthouse news in Vermillion County. She attended the "St. Louis Safari" in 1970 for Midwest Women editors, which gave her a chance to visit the St. Louis Cardinals. She also represented the newspapers at the Pilsbury Bake-Off in San Diego. Written by the Women's Press Club of Indiana, a book about the role of women in Indiana newspapers from 1876 to 1976 included her in the 100 women mentioned.
She was preceeded in death by six brothers.
Survivors include one nephew, Ray Biggs of Venice, Fla.; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.
Services will be held at 1:30p.m. Saturday at Frist Funeral Home with Rev. Don Rissler officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in North Terre Haute. Visitation will be from 4 until 8p.m. Friday.
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