Frances E Higgins left us on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This gentle, kind hearted soul was tragically taken, leaving behind family, friends, and community saddened and bereft.
Fran was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 23, 1955, the middle sister of nine siblings. The family moved to Winter Park, FL where she attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, followed by Winter Park High School. She graduated from Florida State University, where she met the love of her life, Glenn J. Higgins. They married in June, 1979, moved to Minnesota and Massachusetts, finally settling in Leesburg, Virginia to raise their three much-loved children, Tracy, Daniel & Andrew.
Fran’s family was her whole world but she had room in her heart for so, so many more. There wasn’t anyone she met who was not greeted with a genuine smile and a big hug. Friends, neighbors, colleagues, church members were amazed by her boundless patience and gracious kindness. With natural grace and ease, Fran had the gift of making everyone comfortable. Family and friends along with members of the Leesburg community were touched time and time again by her unstinting nature.
The bereaved include her beloved husband Glenn, and adored children, daughter Tracy Higgins and , her wife Sara Boddorf Higgins and her two sons, Daniel and Andrew Higgins as well as her dearest mother-in-law, Juanita Higgins; her cherished sisters, Susan & John Rumpf of Huntindon PA, as well as their children Janet & Greg Husemeier, Alec, Katia, Nico and Sebastian Husemeier, John Rumpf Jr, and his children Hayden, Trevor, Alexa & Ben Rumpf; Beth and Peter Carrozza of Mt Dora, FL and her children, Anna & Stacy Jayne, William & DeAnne Jayne, Winston and Walter Jayne; Anne & Mark Barrette of Highlands, NC and their daughter Emma Barrette; Mary & James Slattery of Winter Park, FL and their daughter, Megan, Slattery.
Fran is also survived by her dear sisters, Terry & Jay Castle of Chicago, IL, and their children Jason and Brett Castle and Chris Scolscok of Winter Park, FL, and her daughter, Nicole & Scott Pantke, Malia, Ava, Hayden Pantke as well as her brothers John Evans of Mt Dora and Joel Evans, of Mt Joliet and his children, Sarah, Justin, Zachary & Marissa Evans.
This list does not include the many, many people Fran touched in her daily life as she made the world a warm and welcoming place. Her friendship was a treasured gift and so many are honored that she made us a part of her life. We are diminished with her passing and will miss her generous heart, ready smile and open-armed welcome. She is forever in our hearts.
The family has planned a memorial service for Fran. It is scheduled for December 9th at 4M at Leesburg Community Church 835 Lee Ave., SW Leesburg, VA 20175 Tel: 703-777-2209. All are welcome.