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Nurse laid to rest

Hester Wiggins Hester Wiggins
Amber was very heroic when she drove her mother's body and her brother several miles to the babysitter's home. She even drove on Interstate 40 and didn't crash until she turned in the driveway. Hester Wiggins was laid to rest Wednesday in her hometown, Greenwood, Mississippi. Back in Jackson, Tennessee, where she lived, the community is doing what it can for her two children left to grow up without their mom. Hester Wiggins' 12-year old daughter Amber and two-year-old son Dalton saw their mother shot and killed Monday. "It's a heart touching story. It would pull on anybody's heart string." Scott Gatlin is a principal at Amber's school, Jackson Christian. Gatlin says the school's counselor has been by Amber's side since the shooting. Principal Scott Gatlin said, "She said she is holding up extremely well and knows what's going on and doing a great job at coping and dealing with people." Amber even joined her classmates for lunch on Tuesday. "They took up some money, got her a Bible, signed the Bible and wrote her some cards." Gatlin says there has been an outpouring of support in the community for Amber and her brother. And the school is no exception. "If it turns out she's going to live in Jackson, and her family wants her enrolled at Jackson Christian, we're going to make sure that happens for as long as they want." The children are getting support from Amber's school. They are also getting support from the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. This is where their mother worked as a critical care nurse. The hospital set up a fund in Wiggins' memory to help her children. If you would like to help Hester Wiggins' children, you can send donations to the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. The address is 708 West Forest Avenue Jackson, TN 38301.
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