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Mildred (Millie)Mildred Katherine Higgins-Mashburn, 68, was reunited with God on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Providence Medical Center, Everett, WA. She was holding hands with her husband and daughter as she took her last breath at 9:37 a.m. Millie battled a sudden cancer diagnosis courageously for four weeks, never once giving up hope for herself and her family. Her determination and strength inspires us to live as she did. Giving to others before oneself.
Millie was born on April 30, 1945 to Ford James and Margaret Audrey Higgins in Auburn. She graduated from Federal Way High School in 1963 where she served as a cheerleader, drill team captain, Pep Club Secretary, student council and class officer and voted Most Dependable by her graduating class. After high school, she graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School, Edmonds Community College and the University of Washington.
Millie and her husband John owned Mike's Shoe Repair, an Everett landmark, for many years during their early years of marriage. They sold their business in the late 1970's and returned to college to complete their Dental and Accounting degrees, while raising their two children. Millie and John raised their family at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish. She served as a PTA volunteer during her children's years in the Everett School District. She was a Washington State PTA Golden Acorn Award winner for outstanding service and VOA Care Crisis Line volunteer. Millie spent several years managing a dental practice before joining the University of Washington Dental School as ADP Clinical Director in 1984. She retired from the UW Dental School in 1994 to start a new adventure as Grandmother to her only Grandson. Prior to retirement, Millie and John incorporated their own business, Everett Bookkeeping and Property Management Service, where she worked through the final days of her illness. Above and beyond the business they developed, Millie had an incredible passion for gardening, cross-stitching and quilting, and a love of the music of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Millie is irreplaceable. She was truly a gift to this world and will forever be missed. Her selflessness and giving to her family and friends will live on in the hearts of all. Millie lit up any room she walked into with her personality and smile, and the void of her presence will be a heartache and incredible loss to many, especially to her husband, high school sweetheart and best friend John Mashburn.
Millie was preceded in death by her father, Ford Higgins; her mother, Margaret Higgins; sister, Julia Higgins Zitzer; and brother, George Higgins. She is now in the loving embrace of her parents, sister and brother.
Millie is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Mashburn; her son, Robert Mashburn, her daughter, Dori Mashburn and grandson, Bryant Michael Sutton; family members, Gina Higgins, Susan Higgins-Musial, Kathleen McMahon, Kay Amberg, Cassie Higgins, Lila Raabe, Rachel Qualey, Tom Zitzer, Ron Mashburn, Fred Higgins, Amy Zitzer-Hodge, Paula Carazo, Steve Higgins, Jenny Overstreet, Jessica Qualey, John Qualey, Ray and Tina Milner, and her lifetime friends Colleen Gammon, Carolyn Clough, Nona Scharff, Sharon Capovilla, Terri and Pat Negrete, Monica Espinoza, Vickie Myron, Sandra Alder, Peter Harvey, Glenn Griffin, Loren Donohue, Jeff Ferwerda, Elinor Siep, Bernie and Marlee Nelson, Kirk and Nancy Gilbertson, and Hector and Reyna Camano.
To celebrate her life, a graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m., Saint Mary's Parish Cemetery, 4200 88th St NE, Marysville, WA. It was her wish to be buried next to her parents.
In lieu of flowers, Millie requested donations be made to the Tuition Assistance Program at Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School, Union Gospel Mission or the
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 17 to May 19, 2013