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Jean Carol Higgins, 78

Jean Carol Higgins, 78, died Thursday evening, June 22nd at her home in Mesa, AZ, following a series of hospitalizations. Born in Bemidji, MN, on 8 February 1928, she is survived by her husband of 57 years Allen Woodruff Higgins, daughter Linda Kay (Ricard) Sarff, St. Cloud, MN, son Jeffrey Allen Higgins, Louisa KY, four grandchildren: David (Jaclyn), Elizabeth, and Laura Sarff; Chad Higgins, and three great grandchildren, Emily, Aubrey, and Nathan Sarff; and sister-in-law Diane (James) Henrionnet.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roland Wilbur and Irene Christine (Olson) Henrionnet, her brother Col. James Franklin Henrionnet and half-brother Raoul Henrionnet.

Before her marriage, Jean was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity Chapter of the North Dakota College of Agriculture, Fargo, ND, where she was majoring in Home Economics. After her marriage, her family became her major study, and she created a loving, stable environment, whether living in Mahnomen, MN; Eau Claire, WI; Ada, OH; or Hibbing, MN, moving as her husband moved in following his teaching career.

In Hibbing, Jean was a brownie Girl Scout leader for Linda's troop and a Cub Scout Den Mother for her son Jeff's Cub Scout Den. There Jean also became decorating chairman for the annual Hibbing Happy Twirlers Square Dance Club Festivals and danced on the Twirlers' Floats during the Annual Festival parades. As a family, they traveled widely to both State and National Square Dance Conventions.

Upon her husband's retirement from Hibbing community College in 1991, Jean and Allen moved to Mesa, becoming permanent residents in 1997. There they continued their long interest in square dancing, golf, and cards. She was active in the Red Hat Society and was an avid mah jong player in the National Mah Jong League, Inc.

She will be sorely missed.

On July 22nd, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm in the Great Hall of Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive, SE, St. Cloud, for her Minnesota extended family and friends. A memorial service in Mesa, AZ, was held June 25th. There will be no internment services, as Jean donated her body for organ transplantation and medical research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to the American Heart Association.

--Paid obituary