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Mary Ann Higgins, 81

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Mary Ann Higgins, age 81, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 6.

Mary was born on Sept. 20, 1932, in Hayward, Wis., to Rodney and Antonia (Knoepker) Jarvis. Mary graduated from high school in 1950. She then attended college in Ashland, Wis. graduating in1952, with a teaching degree. She taught in many small country schools in Wisconsin.

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In 1966, she married Fritz Higgins and had 2 children, Michael and Erin. In 1973, she began teaching at St. Mary's school in New Richmond and was there for 16 years. After leaving St. Mary's, she became a nanny for Susan Englighter, who was the head of the small business administration under George Bush Sr. Later in life she opened a daycare in her home where she cared for many children that she loved very much. After retiring, she filled her days with volunteer work, gardening, and enjoying her grandchildren, and her beloved dog scooter.

Mary was known for her ease and frequent conversations with complete strangers and her "quick wit" sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet & simple demeanor that won the hearts of many. Mary was a woman of great faith and loved teaching Christian Formation with her son Mike. She loved to write poems and was especially proud of her yard and her beautiful view of the Apple River.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Rodney & Antonia Jarvis; husband, Fritz Higgins and 8 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Terri) Higgins & Erin (Rich) Fern; grandchildren, Alexandria Fern, Jason Fern, Ryder Fern, Kelly Fern, Sean (Libby) Higgins, Alisha (Joe Hailey) Higgins, Blake Higgins, Patrick (Robyn) Higgins, Amanda (Mike) Stoll; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jenessa, Amelia, and Frank.

Mass of Christian Burial 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond, Wis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Cullen Crea Funeral Home, www.cullencreafuneralhome.com.

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