Rosemary Arlene (Potee) Higley age 69 of Emmetsburg passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:55 p.m. after valiantly fighting cancer.
She was born June 21, 1943 in the Spencer Hospital to Donald LaVerne and Arlene Phyllis (Crone) Potee. They lived in Sioux City and at a young age moved to Ayrshire where she graduated from Ayrshire Consolidated School in May of 1961. She graduated from the Personnel Training Institute in Omaha, NE in August of 1961. She was offered a position with the CIA in Washington, DC, but chose to work for Western Union in New York City since they paid better! After a couple of years, Rosemary returned to Palo Alto County where she was the Deputy County Auditor. She then moved to San Francisco to work for a life insurance company. In September 1967, she moved to Omaha where she was the office manager for a vending company.
On May 4, 1968, she married Patrick Joseph Higley in St. Peter's Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. In August of 1969 when Sherre was born, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. In June 1971, Troy was born, then Vin in March of 1974. Patrick and Rosemary were also foster parents for nine children. In July 1976, they moved to Emmetsburg, where they farmed and managed their rental property. After retiring from farming, they moved to town in 2002. Rosemary loved to swim, sew, crochet, bake, garden, and hold grandbabies.
She was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 28 which caused her blindness. She belonged to two Iowa state boards for the blind: the Independent Living Advisory Committee and Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind. Rosemary's first diagnosis of cancer was in 2008 which she overcame and was cancer free for four years. Rosemary was a very caring person. After her death, even though she was blind, she was actually able to donate her eyes to give others the gift of sight!
She is survived by Patrick; her loving, dedicated husband of 44 years; her children: Sherre Johnson CPA (Brian) of Pocahontas, Dr. Troy Higley (Josephine CPA) of Zumbrota, MN, and Dr. Vincent Higley (Dr. Tracy) of Nebraska City, NE; grandchildren: Bailey, Chenney, Hattie, Kinzie, Asher and Lincoln Johnson and Sydney and William Higley; siblings: Dallas H. Crone (Irene) of Laurens, Lois I. Moody (John, deceased) of Carlsbad, CA, John L. Potee (Charlene) of Thayne, WY, Jean A. Alexander (James, deceased) of Des Moines, and Joan A. Baldwin of Fort Madison. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald R. "Rick" Potee.
Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 13, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with the Memorial Service starting at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg, Louie Gallo officiating.
Inurnment at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg will follow the service. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is handling all the arrangements.
Condolences can be left at www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com