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Helen Marie Gigger, 73, of Oklahoma City and past resident of Duncan, Oklahoma went to be with her Lord and saviour Thursday evening, January 4, 2018 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK with her husband by her side. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday January 13, 2018 at Antioch Baptist Church with  Rev. Dr. J. A. Reed Jr. officiating and assisted by Rev. Dr. J.L. Franklin and Rev. Ronald Boyd. Interment will follow at Little Flock Cemetery in Garvin County under the care of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Viewing will begin Thursday.
Attorney Helen Marie Gigger was born in Houston, Texas on December 24, 1944 to Mrs. Jessie Lee Patten Key.  She was the first of eleven children.  Helen accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at an early age at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  She later united with Cleaves Memorial Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Helen married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, Nathan Gigger, after they met in law school at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on October 25, 1968.
A native Houstonian, Helen attended Frederick Douglas Elementary, James D. Ryan Junior High and Jack Yates Senior High School.  She was a proud graduate of the 1961 class of Jack Yates.  She received her Bachelor's Degree and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University. She was a Life member of the Divine Nine Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.(DST).  She served in several leadership capacities with DST on a local and National level.  Attorney Gigger was employed by the City of Oklahoma for 37 years as an attorney and Department Head.  
Attorney Gigger was a member of several community and civic organizations.  She received numerous awards over her lifetime-too many to name.  Attorney Gigger was a strong believer in family and community.
Attorney Gigger was preceded in death by her sister Jacquelyn Patten Miles, brothers, L.C. Butler and Dr. Edward Patten, nieces Shannon Miles and Erika Patten, and nephews Herman Miles, Christopher Miles and Edward Martin.
She leaves many loved ones to cherish fond memories of her including her husband of 49 years, Nathan Gigger, 1 daughter, Nikolle, 6 grandchildren, Kelissa, Nathan, Jacquelyn, Sierra, Mychael and Lola Grace and 1 brother-in-law Marcell Gigger.  Also left to cherish her memory is her mother, Mrs. Jessie Patten Key, 4 brothers-Ronnie, Malcomb (Cherryl), Lawrence (Fannie), and Anthony Patten; 3 sisters- Glenda Frazier (Herman), Queen Ester Martin, and Pamela Cashaw (James); 2 aunts Annie Mae Patten Mooring and Lorraine Patten (Chicago, Il), 1 sister-in-law Dr. Mary Patten (Edward) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, colleagues, sorority sisters, business associates and church members. Attorney Helen Marie Gigger lived a life of love and will truly be missed. Condolences may be left to the family at : www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
Published on January 10, 2018
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