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Frances C. Higgins 1926-2014

May 20, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Frances C. Higgins of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Celebrant will be the Rev. Clem Currans.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Ayrshire. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Clara Higgins, daughter of Enoch and Clara (Hansen) Johnson, was born May 22, 1926 in Ayrshire. She began her education in Ayrshire and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1944. Following graduation, Frances attended Sioux City Beauty School. She then owned and operated Cozy Nook beauty shop in Ruthven from 1946 until 1951.

On Oct. 1, 1951, Frances was united in marriage to Eugene "Gene" Higgins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven. Gene and Frances farmed in Great Oak Township until 1987, when they moved to Emmetsburg.

Frances supported her children in many of their childhood activities. She was a 4-H leader for the Great Oak Acorns, she taught catechism classes for many years and she was a volunteer at the Emmetsburg Catholic School.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire where she was a member of Altar Society. After moving to Emmetsburg, Frances was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary. Frances was also a devoted member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary helping with countless events.

Frances died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Emmetsburg Care Center at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene in 1990; her son, Mike in 1975; and two sisters, Helen Jacobson and Anita Lande.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Sherri) Higgins of Emmetsburg, Marcia (George) West of Houston, TX, Therese (Homer) Martinez of Katie, TX and Jana (Tom) Bennett of Suffolk, VA; nine grandchildren, Brian Higgins, Scott Higgins, Kelly Bay, Mike West, Max West, Gina Martinez, Emily Martinez, Clay Bennett and Carley Bennett; seven great grandchildren, Jordan, Tyler and Charley Larsen, Joci Higgins, M.J., Stella and Cash Bay; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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