Mary Kathrine Higgins

Mary Kathrine Higgins, a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor, joined her beloved husband, Frank, in heaven on Sunday, June 29, 2014, after a yearlong battle with kidney cancer. Mary was born June 3, 1955, to William (Billy) Grant Watters and June F. (Fishel) Watters at the old St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen. She was raised on the Fishel family homestead in Neilton. When she wasn’t at school, she was found at the top of young cedars that grew along the Quinault ridge behind her home. Such a wild “backyard” provided ample entertainment for a girl so full of imagination and creativity that sustained her throughout her life.

Mary visited her sister in North Carolina in 1974 and was introduced to the love of her life, Francis (Frank) L. Higgins Jr. They were married on March 5, 1975, in Garden City S.C. Mary and Frank remained as one until his death in 2007, a death delayed in large part by the efforts of Mary as his primary care person. Mary’s family is heartbroken by her early passing, but can think of no one more deserving of God’s grace than her. The Lord has joined them together again.

Mary’s family includes many friends and relatives. Her children by birth; Francis (J.R.) III and Kathleen Higgins, Jennifer and Dylan Durr and Gavin Higgins; and by bond, Stacy L. Hunt, all of Grays Harbor. Mary and Frank’s spirits reside in the hearts of their grandchildren; Kelly Jean, Daniel Owen, Ezekiel James, Francis Timothy IV, Garrett Thomas, Konlan Egan, Hadley Ayn and Avery Kathrine.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mary is survived by her siblings, Tony and Marcia Watters, Albert and Mary Watters, Lenneia and Gary Tudor, and Wanda Pinion as well as her kindred spirits, Jonice Hayes and Marlene Muller.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her granddaughter, Faith Elizabeth, her parents, her brothers, Warren and Wilbur as well as her sisters, Ruth and Mary E.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 1: p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Community of Christ Church in Neilton. A potluck gathering for family and friends will follow.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th St. in Hoquiam.

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