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BENNINGTON -- Rita M. (Gannon) Higgins, 92, native of Hoosick Falls and resident of Bennington, died Jan. 9, 2008, in Columbia, Md., following a brief illness.

Rita was born on May 8, 1915, she was the daughter of Patrick Gannon and Mary Ann (Sherin) Gannon. She grew up on Eldridge Street in the Clay Hill section of Hoosick Falls.

Rita was the Valedictorian of the 1932 graduating class of St. Mary’s Academy. At the time of her death, she was believed to be the oldest living graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, and this past summer she attended the St. Mary’s Alumni Dinner which marked the 75th anniversary of her graduating class.

A graduate of Troy Business College, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as a secretary in the Commerce Department and other government agencies.

Later in life, she became a Real Estate Agent in suburban Maryland. In 1972, she moved to Bennington, acquired a Broker’s license and opened a real estate office, Hoosac Reality, which she operated into the 1980s.

She was a communicant of St. Francis DeSales Church in Bennington and had been active in the choir and the Catholic Daughters at St. Francis DeSales.

In Washington, she married the late James Higgins of Philadelphia. She is survived by their five children; Maureen Higgins of Tampa, Fla.; James Higgins of Ellicot City, Md.; Rita Timourian of Woodbine, Md.; Patrick Higgins of Tampa, Fla.; and Christopher Higgins of Framingham, Mass. She is also survived by her grandchildren Renee Edmonds, Brandon Higgins, Ian Timourian, Mara Timourian and Kathleen Higgins; also by four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Jan. 12, 2008 at St. Louis Church in Columbia, Md. Graveside services were held on Jan. 15, 2008 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Academy through the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., who handled local arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 6, 2008
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