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Helen C. Higgins

Helen C. Higgins

July 6, 1927 – Nov. 9, 2010

Helen C. Higgins, 83 of Turlock passed away Tuesday while visiting family in Lebanon.  She was born in Winslow, Arizona.  She was raised by her mother Ora (Keith) Parker and step father John Echols.

She moved from Arizona to California as a youth.  She met Marvin Higgins in Southern California and they were married Sept. 13, 1946.  They later moved to Turlock with their daughter.

Helen loved quilting, sewing and knitting.  She was a member of many quilting guilds.  She enjoyed traveling. She did a lot of travel with her motor home in addition to cruises and other traveling.  She was a member of Red Hat groups.  Helen was involved with many of the woman’s Shriner activities.  She and her husband helped organize the Aahmes Five Valley Special Ladies Club.  Helen helped make care bears as a fundraiser the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Helen was a member of the Methodist church in Banning and Turlock.

She is survived by her best friend and companion for the last 17 years, Ron Chambers of Denair.

She is survived by daughter Diana and her husband Mark Pool of Lebanon; sister Ruth and her husband John Richardson of Arkansas; two grandchildren, Heidi and her husband Wayne Vokes of Lebanon, Marc “J” and his wife Wendy Pool of Brownsville; five great grandchildren, Donovin Vokes, Joshua Vokes, Brennan Pool, Bailey Pool, Bain Pool.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband Marvin Higgins, sister Leora Love and her parents.

Helen’s motto always was Live well, love much, laugh often.

A chapel service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd. Interment will follow at Turlock Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children c/o Aahmes Shrine Center 170 Lindbergh Ave.  Livermore, CA 94550.