COLUMBIA - Ann Louise Wiggin Ianni, 86, of Columbia died December 13, 2018. She was born on January 25, 1932, in Wellesley, MA, the daughter of the late Herman Theron Wiggin and Helen Louise Rosengren Wiggin. She grew up in Norwood, MA, attended high school at West Hempstead in Long Island, NY and graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA (one of the first colleges for women in the United States).
As a military wife, she lived in many different places including Fort Bragg, NC, West Germany, Ft. Benning, GA, Cape Cod, MA, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Charlottesville, VA, and Alexandria, VA. Later in life, she moved to Kill Devil Hills, NC where she owned and operated The Figurehead, a bed and breakfast, for a number of years. She eventually moved to Williamsburg, VA, later to Virginia Beach, VA, and ultimately to Columbia, SC in 2005. She lived out her last few months with tremendous joy receiving phenomenal care from NHC Health Care Parklane Center. She enjoyed ice skating (especially with Olympic medalist Dick Buttons), cooking (including the best homemade doughnuts), sailing, gardening, knitting, and reading - and truly cherished the beach. She worked as a volunteer on behalf of the Republican Party, was a dedicated Honor Flight volunteer, and was an ardent supporter of the armed forces and veterans. She was a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, and she became a big Gamecock fan after moving to Columbia. She loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events including many at Blythewood High School. Lovingly referred to as both Grammy Ann and Annie, she was known to enjoy a glass of wine with good company. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Columbia, South Carolina.
She is survived by her five children, Steven Edward (Priscilla) Ianni of Riverview, Florida; Christina Louise Ianni of Denver, Colorado; Col. (Ret.) Marisa Ann (Ianni) Tanner of El Paso, Texas; Jeanne Marie Ianni of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Margie Ianni (Mike) Malone of Columbia, SC.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Ianni, Dominique (Ryan) Acevedo, Steven (Gina) Ianni, Kathryn Malone, Ryan Malone, and Francesca Ashburn; and five great grandchildren, Katelyn Ianni, Ashlyn Ianni, Aurora Acevedo (deceased), Esme Acevedo, and Sailor Ianni. She is also survived by her former husband, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Frank (Carmela) Ianni, Ed (Rita) Ianni, Chris (Kristin, Evan, Paulie) Ianni, Daria (Steve) Goff, and Alyssa Fultz. A memorial service will be held on December 22, 2018, at 11 am, Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home (4645 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, SC).