Michigan Obituaries


The (St. Joseph) Herald Press 02/08/1955

Georgene Higgenbottom (1955) MI

Hartford, Feb. 8-A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maple Hill Cemetery for Georgene Higgenbottom, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Higgenbottom who died at birth in the Millburg hospital Sunday.




Wallace H. Higginbotham (1930-2000) MI

HIGGINBOTHAM,WALLACE H. Age 69. March 7, 2000. Beloved husband of Mary. Dear father of Richard (Kimberly) Higginbotham and Susan (Raymond) Polovich. Grandfather of Mike and Chris Higginbotham and Lauren Polovich and the late Jennifer. Great grandfather of Alexander. Brother of Barbara Becker and Anita Fingler. Funeral at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 E. 14 Mile, Birmingham, Saturday 11 a.m. Visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (bet. 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday 6-9 and Friday 2-9. Memorials: Love for Others Fund, c/o Our Shepherd Lutheran church.



Baton Rouge (LA) Advocate 01/01/2003
Cheryl Julia Higginbotham Cannon (1948-2002) LA/MI
Passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, in Canton, Mich. She was 54, Memorial service at St. Isidore Catholic Church Baker, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Canton, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, celebrated by the Rev. Kelly. Survived by her husband, James M. Cannon Jr.



Royal Oak Daily Tribune 09/02/2007
Hugh E. Higginbottom (1917-2007) MI
Hugh E. Higginbottom, 90, of Novi, formerly a longtime resident of Royal Oak, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at home.
Mr. Higginbottom served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and was a member of the Sigma Phi Society. He worked for Ford Motor Co. for 26 years.
His beloved wife, Edith, whom he married in 1942 in Detroit, died in 2002.
Surviving are his loving children, Thomas A. (Frances) Higginbottom of Chicago, Grace (Eric Moody) Higginbottom of Woodbridge, Va. and Richard (Kim) Higginbottom of Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Stacey, Steven, Claire and Scott Higginbottom and Ingrid Moody LaRiviere.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. A contribution to the charity of your choice will be appreciated. For further information, Kinsey-Garrett Funeral Home, Royal Oak, (248) 541-4400.




Patricia Ann Nowak Rondeau Higginbotham (1949-2009) MI

Born in Detroit, MI on Oct. 21, 1949 Departed on Apr. 19, 2009 and resided in Troy, MI.   PATRICIA ANN (RONDEAU) HIGGINBOTHAM, age 59, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Troy, Michigan. She was born Patricia Ann Nowak on October 21, 1949, in Detroit, to Clarence and Rita Nowak, and was raised in Southfield. She had been a resident of Troy for 14 years. Education: Pat was a graduate of St. Gerard School (Detroit) and a proud graduate of Marian High School (Birmingham). She thought very fondly of Marian, and was a supportive alumna. Following graduation from high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Northwood University. Occupation: Mrs. Higginbotham had a 30 year career with General Motors, retiring in 2000 as a Brand Quality Manager for Chevrolet. Pat loved life, faith and her family, and she enjoyed spending time with them on the beach Up North, or out on the Peace River in Florida. Surviving Husband of 14 years: Marcus "Marc" Higginbotham Surviving Daughter: Kimberly Molnar (Brian) Surviving Son: Michael Rondeau (Kristen) Step-sons: Marc Higginbotham (Kristen) and David Higginbotham Grandchildren: Mikayla, Elaina and Alexander Rondeau, Katelyn and Adam Molnar, and Avery and Katherine Higginbotham She is also survived by her mother, Rita Nowak, her sisters, Deborah Liphardt and Therese Carter (Gary), her brother, David Nowak (Debbie), and her sister-in-law, Mary Nowak Predeceased by her father, Clarence, and her brother, John Nowak Visitation: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 6-8 PM and Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 2-8 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084 (between Maple and Big Beaver Roads), with an evening Rosary Service Wednesday at 7 PM Funeral Mass: Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart of the Hills Church, 3400 S. Adams Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan, with Reverend James Mayworm officiating. Visitation at church begins Thursday at 9:30 AM Private Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Southfield, Michigan In Lieu of Flowers Memorial Tributes may be made to: Nutritional Research & Education Foundation (Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D.), 36 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016 -or- Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207



Saginaw News 11/06/2010

Nina Higginbotham Vrable (1924-2010) MI

VRABLE, Nina, a life-long resident of St. Charles passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at Covenant Cooper in Saginaw. Nina was born October 13, 1924 in Whittenmore, Michigan to the late LeRoy and Sarah (Maxwell) Higginbotham. She was married 53 years to Albert "Pat" Vrable, who preceded her in death on April 18, 1996. Nina graduated from St. Charles High School and attended Ferris State College, Delta and John Wesley Colleges. She was employed by St. Charles Community Schools, the Saginaw Intermediate School District and worked as a U.S. Congressional Aide before retiring. Nina was a member of St. Charles United Methodist Church. She enjoyed creative endeavors, was a talented artist and enjoyed sewing and crafts. A beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, Nina is survived by three children; Patricia Sands, St. Charles, Daniel (Terry) Vrable, Del Mar, California and Michael (Hester) Vrable, Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren, Laura Anderson, Boise, Idaho, Saralyn Sands, Houston, Texas, Michael Vrable, San Diego, California, Matthew Vrable, Los Angles, California, Ian Vrable, Bozeman, Montana, Allie Vrable, Bellingham, Washington; one step-granddaughter, Hannah Anderson, Boise, Idaho; one brother, Vernon Higginbotham, Tempe, Arizona and several nieces and nephews. A brother, John Higginbotham predeceased her. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2010 at Kendall Funeral Home, St. Charles. Rev. Ernesto Mariona will officiate. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Sunday, November 14 th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Charles United Methodist Church , St. Charles District Library or a charity of their choice.



Lansing State Journal 12/07/2010

Luphilia Wicks Higginbotham (1915-2010) TN/MI

Luphilia Higginbotham, Lansing, Age 95, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Lansing. Luphilia was born in Huntland, Tennessee, the daughter of Nathan and Susie Anna (Staples) Wicks. From her humble beginning as the daughter of former slaves, she used her dedication and hard work to rise from working as a domestic, to street car conductor during WW II, to a job at the post office, where she ended up retiring as a Tour Superintendent at the main post office in Detroit. In retirement she could be found in the summer on any golf course in and around any where she lived and in the winter bowling on multiple leagues. She traveled to the Senior Olympics many years, always bringing home medals in golf and bowling in her age group. Making friends wherever she went just came natural for her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Emmett B.; brother, Nathaniel Wicks; and sister, Mattie Williams. She is survived by her sons, Emmett E. and Nathaniel; grandchildren Carmen Higginbotham, Lisa Higginbotham, Tiffany Pennington, Tara Moore, Frederick Moore, Sanquita Higginbotham, and Michelle Golan; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of close friends in Lansing, Detroit and wherever she spent any time. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 12:00 noon at St. Casimir Catholic Church, Lansing with Rev. Fr. Bill Lugger as celebrant. Family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Metropolitan Memorial Park, Belleville, MI.



Saginaw News 04/07/2011

Cosby E. Higginbotham Watson (1918-2011) VA/MI

WATSON, Cosby Higginbotham, of Saginaw, Michigan passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the age of 92 years. She was born to the late Mary Harless and John W. Higginbotham on May 3, 1918 in Boissevain, VA. She was the first female from her valley to graduate from high school and a graduate of the nursing program at Charleston (WV) General Hospital. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1941 and achieved the rank of Captain during WWII. She was in England during the Normandy Invasion and helped to treat soldiers injured during the assault. Cosby met the late Burton T. Watson in 1943 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and they were married on March 12, 1946. He died March 21, 1979. Together they enjoyed time spent with family at the Higgins Lake cottage and the Hutchinson Island condo. Cosby was a devoted mother and grandmother, but she also had time to serve her community as a VA Hospital Volunteer and a Lifetime member of the Saginaw General Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW, and a charter member of the WWII Memorial and Women's War Memorial in Washington, DC. Her interest in family history led her to membership in many historical societies, including DAR, Colonial Dames of America and Daughters of Colonial Wars. She was particularly interested in the DAR supported Mountain Schools in North/South Carolina, and made several visits there. Cosby was also a member of First United Methodist Church, First Circle of The King's Daughters and Sons, and National Farm and Garden Club. In addition to her husband and parents, Cosby was predeceased by brothers John, Bernard, Roger and Bill, and a son-in-law, Jeffrey Wallace. Left to carry on her legacy are her children: Mary Alice Goedert (Rick) and Richard T. Watson (Linda) of Saginaw, and Carolyn Sue Watson of Novato, CA; her grandchildren: Melissa Wallace Calice (Tony) of Royal Oak, Sarah Wallace (fiancé Jeff Shelden) of Chicago, Lillian and Anna Nickelson of Novato, CA, Hannah and Richard Watson of Saginaw, and Hillary (Brett) Henderson of E. Lansing; her siblings: Alma Steendam, Joyce Nicolas, Shirley Robertson, Freda Cameron and Jack Higginbotham, and many nieces and nephews. Cosby especially loved her role as "Super Nana" to her four little GREAT - grandchildren, Rocco and Mia Calice and Beckett and Lola Henderson. Funeral services, with military honors, will be held at 10: 00 Saturday, April 9 at WL Case Funeral Home (Mackinaw) with Reverend Kathryn Snedecker officiating. Private burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Friday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are invited to consider the Saginaw Community Foundation - "Cosby H. Watson Nursing Scholarship", the Higgins Lake Foundation, or First United Methodist Church.



Lansing State Journal 04/26/2011

Margo L. Higginbotham (1949-2011) MI

Margo L. Higginbotham, PhD. Lansing Age 61, was born July 18, 1949 to Andy and Louise Roe Higginbotham. She was a graduate of Sexton High School in 1967. She received Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate Degrees of Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Bible College/Seminary, Pontiac, MI. She worked for Allstate Insurance from 1978-1996 and Midwestern Baptist Bible College from 1996-2004 as Secretary/Office Manager for the President and Vice-President. Margo wrote hundreds of poems for family and friends. She received Golden Poet awards in 1989 and 1990 from the World of Poetry. She will be missed by all. Margo was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Edward and Andy, Jr. Survivors include: 3 sisters, Mary Felts (Dick Carrel) of FL, Judy Harris of Vermontville, MI and Brenda (Barry) Underwood of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 14769 Wood Rd., Lansing. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service. Donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Pkwy., Suite 200, Lansing, MI, 48911. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home.



Canton Observer 02/02/2012

Barbara J. Higginbotham (1956-2012) MI

11/14/1956 - 01/26/2012

Age 55 of Redford Twp. Cherished Daughter of Florence and the late Curtis. Beloved Sister of Curtis (Mary), Leigh Anne (Tony) Swirple and Laura (John) Denski. Proud Aunt of Deanna and Katie. Memorial Service Fred Wood Funeral Home 36100 5 Mile Rd. Livonia (E. of Levan) Wed. Feb 8 at 3pm with memorial gathering 4-9pm. Proud owner of the Dogs Bow Wow for over 25 years in Livonia.



Battle Creek Enquirer on 01/03/2013

Vivian Diane Higginbotham Whitman (1951-2012) MI

Vivian Diane "Keener" (Higginbotham) Whitman, 61, of Charlotte, MI. passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, MI. surrounded by her family. Vivian was born October 6, 1951 in Jackson, MI to Clyde Donald Higginbotham and Helen Theresa (Tyler) Higginbotham. Vivian graduated from Olivet High School and worked as a bartender at CB's Bar and American Legion in Charlotte, MI for many years. She enjoyed going to garage sales, entertaining family and friends especially and spoiling her dog Misty. Survivors include children: Dennis, Timothy and Jeffery Allen from Ionia, MI. Mother Helen Higginbotham, Charlotte, MI. Sisters: Linda Greathouse, Nebraska, Cindy Piper, Sherwood, MI. Brothers: Dale and Gary Higginbotham from Eaton Rapids, MI. and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Donald Higginbotham and grandson Timothy Scott Allen. Memorial Services, Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Spencer Family Funeral Home 310 Capitol Ave. Athens, MI. with Pastor David Mackaluso officiating. Following the services family and friends are invited to the family home in Sherwood, MI. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens.




Constance Willene Higginbotham Schacht (1921-2015) AL/MI

Constance Willene Schacht was born on July 31, 1921 in Bradford, Alabama to the late William Syrus and Martha Elizabeth Higginbotham. She passed away on January 3, 2015 at the age of 93. She previously lived in Northville. Constance was the beloved wife of the late Walter (married 50 years) and loving mother to Linda (William) Bozgan, the late Steven, and Timothy (Alice). Devoted and adoring grandmother of 4, revered and caring aunt of many nieces, nephews and their families, true and lasting friend. Predeceased by 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She retired as co-owner from a successful career at Burcaw-Cowan Company. Generous and selfless volunteer to Caro Parents Association, the Lioness Club, Hospice of Michigan, Kings Mill Cooperative, and Faith Lutheran Church. Constance's family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday January 7, 2015 from 3-8pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road (east of Newburgh and I-275), Livonia. Her life will be celebrated with a Funeral Services on Thursday January 8, 2014 at 11am with viewing 10am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30650 Six Mile Road (east of Merriman Rd.) in Livonia. Burial Glen Eden Memorial Park 35667 Eight Mile Rd., Livonia, Michigan 48152.



Lansing State Journal 01/27/2015

Helen Theresa Tyler Higginbotham (1930-2015) MI

Passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at age 84. Born February 23, 1930 to George and Theresa Tyler in Jerome, Michigan. Helen was a lifelong resident of Eaton Rapids and a former member of the Plains Road Bible Church. Helen enjoyed spending time with her family and her three dogs, Mikey, Bandit and Tippie. Preceding her in death were her husband, Donald Higginbotham; daughter, Vivian Whitman; brother, Elwood Tyler and her parents. Surviving are her daughters, Cynthia Piper, Linda (Jim) Greathouse; sons, Dale Higginbotham, Gary Higginbotham; 5 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. on Friday.



Toledo Blade 04/01/2015

Timothy Earl Higginbotham (1969-2015) OH/MI

August 20, 1969 - March 30, 2015

Timothy Earl Higginbotham was born in Trenton, Michigan on August 20, 1969. He was the son of Sarah (Carey) Jones and attended Monroe schools. Timothy married the former Diana C. Rigley on March 3, 2011 in Toledo, Ohio. Timothy was a hard worker and for more than thirty years, he supported his family as a self-employed roofer. As a very talented tattoo artist, he shared his creativity with many. To his friends he was known as “Tattoo Tim.” Timothy was the greatest man his family ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a wonderful, devoted and loving husband; a great father and cherished time spent with his grandchildren. Timothy had a huge heart and was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was known to have never met a stranger and he was a great friend to all. As an avid Harley Davison rider, Timothy appreciated his many outdoor adventures and was a vast supporter for “Bikers Against Child Abuse Organizations.” Timothy, age 45, of Jackson, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 30, 2015. In addition to his parents, his passing was preceded by one son: Brian Thomas. To cherish his memory, Timothy leaves his loving wife Diana; his step-father: Edward LaFountain of Florida; seven children: Scott Higginbotham of Tennessee, Samantha (Mike) Everett of Tennessee, Nicholas and Jacob Higginbotham of Monroe, Chanon Foley of Jackson, Miranda and Hunter Hill of Jackson; one brother: Tony Jones of Monroe; two sisters: Stacy (Kevin) Garner of Florida and Melissa Taylor of Tennessee; one step sister: Amber of Florida; and two grandchildren: Jonas Rogers and Adilynn Foley. Friends may gather from 3:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Merkle Funeral Service, 14567 South Monroe (734)241-7070. A Celebration of His Life will take place at 11:00am on Saturday April 4, 2015 also at Merkle’s with Pastor Mike Anthony of The House of Restoration officiating.


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