Twyla Biggers Wade, age 79 of Melrose, New Mexico, went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2018 in Wolfforth, Texas. Twyla was born on February 10, 1939 in Clovis, New Mexico. As a young child, she and her parents, Kathryn and Clifford Biggers, lived in Lubbock, TX. They later moved to Clovis where she attended the Clovis schools until 1952 when the family moved to Melrose. Twyla attended the Melrose Schools until her graduation in 1957. She married Kenneth Wade in 1957, and they had three children, Valerie, Mark, and Michele.
Twyla graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, and later earned her Master’s degree. She became an integral part of the Melrose music community. For many years, she taught music to Melrose elementary students and band and choir to the high school students. She also had many private piano students and was the church pianist at the Methodist church until recent years and also organized Melrose community musical events. Twyla also loved history and taught it at Melrose High School. She taught Sunday school teacher for many years as well. God gifted her with musical talents at an early age and she graciously and unselfishly shared her passion for music with so many throughout her lifetime.
She was a longtime member of New Mexico Music Educators Association, Melrose Chamber of Commerce, and the Melrose Rotary Club. Twyla was inducted into the New Mexico Music Teacher Hall of Fame, and in 2016 into the Melrose Teachers Hall of Honor.
Twyla is survived by daughters Valerie Wade of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Michele Dansby and her husband John of Lubbock, TX; her mother Kathryn Biggers of Levelland, Texas (formerly of Melrose), sister Darla McGregor and her husband Roland of Portales, New Mexico, brother Randy Biggers and his wife Dianne of Levelland, Texas, uncle Allen Sparks and his wife Nancy of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, and uncle Carl Sparks of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Jaclyn (Brian) Roberts, Tiffany (Kyle) Linker, Leah (Trenton) Gary, Rachael (Joel) Olufowote, Jonathan (Haley) Dansby, Joshua Dansby, and Caleb Dansby and 8 great-grandchildren - Cael, Caedmon, Cace, and Anna Gary; Jethro and Mercy Dansby; Addison and Brady Roberts. Surviving nieces and family include Melanie (Nathan) Winkle and children Meagan and Matthew, and Stephanie (Jason) Sullivan and children Grayson and Brooklyn, and Mindi (Brent) Smithson and children Chase and Savannah. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Wade, her father Clifford Biggers, former husband Kenneth Wade, uncle Harlan Sparks, and nephew Brent Smithson.
Services will be held at the Old High School Gym in Melrose, New Mexico at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with graveside services immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may sent be to the Southwest Parkinson’s Society or the Jingle Bell Benevolence Fund at the Melrose Methodist Church.
I am so very sorry for the loss of Twyla. I was Twyla's hairstylist for several years, until my retirement. Prayers for all the family and friends.
Debbie EatonClovis, NM
I want to express my deepest condolences to Mrs Twyla Wade's family. She is going to be incredibly missed. In her honor, I want to share a little bit about the memories and lessons that Mrs. Wade left with me.
I was one of Mrs. Wade's students through elementary, middle, and high school until I graduated in 2009. During that time I took personal piano lessons with her for 7 years where I grew to know Mrs. Wade not only as a teacher, but as a mentor and a true friend. There is no other teacher I had during this time that left as big of an impression on me than Mrs. Wade. She taught me how to embrace my talents and be confident in myself, and was a very dear woman who cared deeply for her school and community. For instance, after the first several years of taking piano lessons with her, she graciously decided to start providing my lessons free of charge and told my family to instead donate that money toward Church.
Mrs. Wade was an incredible person, and I will forever cherish and honor the time I was able to spend with her.
Bryce LockmillerAlbuquerque, NM
Twyla was one of the purest and kind person I have ever know. My prayer and thought go out to all her family🌟🙏🌟🌹🌟
Marsa ChandlerSan Diego, CA
To Twyla's family, friends and former students. I was saddened to hear about Twyla's passing. She was such a great teacher. I had the privilege to listen in on her teaching piano to my daughter and niece and violin/fiddle to my son every week for 6 years. She even helped me learn to play the organ. She blessed our lives. May you feel our Loving Lord's presence and comfort during the hard days ahead.
Denese RunyanHouse, NM
Tt was with deep sadness that I learned about the passing of Twyla Wade. Our teacher and friend. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Melrose has lost a prominent and outstanding educator whose selfless and devoted service can be hardly overestimated.
Please convey my condolences to all the near and dear ones of Twyla Wade.
Stan HewittVictoria BC,
Mrs. Wade was absolutely one of the best teachers I and many other students ever had! She was very good at what she did. She inspired myself and those around me to be the best you could be, to stay focused and poised, and to work hard every day to get better and her love and passion for music was contagious. I look back now and truly appreciate everything she did for myself and everyone who had the priveledge of being taught by her. Mrs. Wade, thank you and God bless! May you Rest In Peace.
Glenn BarlebenClovis, NM
I cant think of many of my high school memories that did not include Mrs. Wade. Whether it ne band, chorus, or sports she was involved with us and it was always apparent that she cared deeply for each of us. I know my mom thoroughly enjoyed being apart of the community musicals she led. She was also a great pillar of the Methodist church . I loved and admired her so much. Prayers for all the family and friends. I bet she is singing and playing in heaven with other people from melrose who have met up with her there.! Our loss...Heaven's Gain!!
Robin Pinnell WoodFort Sumner, NM
Kathryn, thank you for raising such a special daughter. She was a Godly example for me to live up to. Am so glad to have known her and will be praying for you and all her family. Proud to have been named for her.
Twyla Wyatt OuthierVancouver, WA
Hands down one of the best teachers I ever had. A truly wonderful lady who did so much to help increase my confidence during high school. I was so sad to hear of her passing. She was loved very much by so many. X
Thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Edith Ann Walling- BradleyClovis, NM
Prayers for your family. Twyla was a wonderful woman with a great family. God Bless you during this difficult time.
Becky (Pinkston ) HageeAmarillo, TX
Twyla was such a lovely person and tried her best to teach me piano. Our family loved her so much and she was so sweet to my Mom. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Denise KruegerEdmond, OK
I have fond memories of spending the nights with Mark and of the piano lessons. Twyla has been a great influence on myself and my family!
Tye CurtisClovis, NM
Twyla was one of the 1st people I think of when I think of people who believed in my abilities and encouraged me. I will miss her and my deepest sympathies to Michele and Valerie and the rest of the family.
Steve FulkrodSalisbury, MD