Carolyn "Jean" Higgins
Carolyn “Jean” Higgins gently passed away Friday morning, Oct. 17, 2008, at Valley View Hospital with her loving family at her side. She was 83.Jean was born in Lake Placid, N.Y., and married Butch Higgins in 1950. They were a fun and loving couple and passed that along to their four children as well as their values and communication, for which their children thank them to this day! Jean and Butch were married on Nov. 23, 1950, in Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church, Palm Beach, Fla. Jean was an intelligent, fun-loving wit and also a tough little cookie when it was warranted. Jean and Butch decided to move to Glenwood Springs in 1975 after visiting their eldest daughter, Susie, the previous year for Christmas. All of the Higgins clan landed in this same wonderful town and enjoyed it to the fullest! Many great friendships were made, which continue to this day! She also made many friends on the courts of her favorite sport, tennis. Jean’s friends and family always meant more to her than anything else. She will be sorely missed for her tenacious love of life! She fought hard for the last six or so years to keep living even with a failing body. Her favorite saying (with a smile) was “My doctor says I’m fine other than my heart and lungs!” She and her doctors fought many a battle and won until her body could go no more. She has inspired so many throughout her life that we know her spirit will live on through her many wonderful friends and family.The family would like to especially thank Dr. Susan Inscore for the many years of wonderful care/caring she has given and shown to Jean. Also to thank all of the wonderful staff at Glenwood Medical Associates for the extra compassion and their willingness to always help!Jean was a journalist with the New York Daily News, Palm Beach Post, and a restaurant food editor in Lakeland, Fla. ; she was also a homemaker, volunteer (numerous organizations), real estate sales associate and owner of The Print Works.Jean was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Feek and Dorothy Harvey Young Feek, and her husband Butch.Survivors include her daughters, Susie (Mark) Straus, Julie (Dale) Nesbit, Sons, Robert Higgins and Bill (Dottie) Higgins; six grandchildren, Jamie Straus, Scott Straus, Kari Nesbit, Zach Higgins, Nick Higgins and Ryan Higgins; nieces and nephews Sherry (John) Fleming, Rick Feek, Rick (Jeanette) Higgins and Randy (Debbie) Higgins; and her many wonderful friends.Cremation has taken place but there will be a celebration of Jean’s life at Farnum-Holt Mortuary in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at Rivers restaurant.Jean’s ashes will be spread in Colorado and Florida, as were Butch’s, by the family.The family requests that any memorial contributions would be much appreciated for Valley View Hospital/Jean Higgins Memorial Fund to benefit the ER, CCU/Acute Care and Oncology for all the caring help for Jean, or any other organization dear to your hearts.
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