By Ron Hayes
DELRAY BEACH — A resident of the coastal communities since 1964, Elizabeth “Betty” Adams Sligh died peacefully Jan. 30 at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton. She was 88.
Born May 3, 1920, in Latrobe, Penn., Elizabeth Adams was an identical twin, born minutes before her sister, Barbara.
“They were called the terrible twins because as children they were always in trouble,” recalled her daughter, Elizabeth Wiggins Oestreich of Delray Beach. “They were so glamorous, those two twins, the life of the party, so this is the end of an era for us.”
In 1941, Mrs. Sligh married William David Wiggins Jr., the father of her four children. Following his death, she wed Charles R. Sligh Jr. of Holland, Mich.
The couple began spending winters at the St. Andrew’s Club in Gulf Stream beginning in 1964. After her husband’s death in 1997, Mrs. Sligh became a full-time resident until 2001, when she moved to the Seagate Manor condominiums in Delray Beach.
A graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass., Mrs. Sligh was a champion golfer in her youth and an excellent diver and amateur painter.
In addition to Oestreich, she is survived by daughters Mary Phebe Wiggins of Delray Beach and Jane Wiggins Amis of Burlington, Vt.; a son, William David Wiggins III, of Delray Beach; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Feb. 27 at Seagate Manor for Mrs. Sligh, a member of the Christian Science Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice By The Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.