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Maurine C Biggs of south Kansas City, died peacefully in her home on July 18, 2021, at 102 and a half years old. She was born in Oklahoma City January 31, 1919 to Julian H. Craven who owned a bookstore and a rooming house, and Daisy Pratt Craven who had been Blaine County Superintendent of schools, an elected position that she held before women could vote. She gave up her position at 32, because now outdated laws forced her to choose between her career and marriage and children. Daisy continued to teach Elocution from home as many people today teach piano. Maurine's early education was received in Guthrie Oklahoma where she graduated from Guthrie High School in 1935 at just 16 years old. She earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Oklahoma State University in 1939, at the age of 20 where she also excelled in speech and drama. She met her husband on the dance floor and stayed at the school working in the bookstore, until her peers graduated. She married G. Dutton Biggs on his graduation day, June 1st, 1942. After the war, they lived in St Louis before coming to Kansas City in 1953 where Dutton became a Structural Engineer eventually designing the Overhaul facility for TWA at Midcontinent International Airport. He had buildings all over Kansas City including some other curved roofs at the Kansas City downtown airport. They enjoyed 67 years together before his death in 2009. Maurine was a member of St John's United Methodist Church for over 50 years where she was active in Women's Circles, and with her husband enjoyed many years as a member of the choir. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was a host mother for a foreign exchange student from Bolivia for the International Christian Youth Exchange for the school year of 67-68. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy and she was involved in her children's activities throughout their school years, serving as a PTA president of Red Bridge Elementary School in the Center School District. In 1968, Maurine worked for Flower and Garden magazine, and then became a medical transcriptionist in the Radiology departments of St Luke's and Menorah Hospitals until her retirement in 1992.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Dutton, and both of her younger brothers and their spouses, Julian and Eleanor Craven of San Antonio, Texas; and Dean and Betty Craven of Altus, Oklahoma. Survivors include a son, Dr. Douglas Biggs, Columbia, MO; and a daughter, harpist Juli Sackman, Lee's Summit, MO except for the 12 years between Dutton's and Maurine's deaths, when Juli lived at Maurine's house as her caretaker. Mrs. Biggs is also survived by 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday August 7th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. John's United Methodist Church, 6900 Ward Parkway, KCMO 14113.
. Funeral Service St. John United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 07, 2021
6900 Ward PkwyKansas City, Missouri 64113
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