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HIGGINBOTHAM, Martina 83 of Centerville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 4, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Higginbotham, Jr. to whom she was married 54 years. Martina was born in Boston to Cornelius and Eleanor Leary and grew up in Winthrop, MA. She worked for the probate court in Boston and in Barnstable for 27 years. She was a diabetic for 76 years and the doctors told her it was unlikely that she could ever have children. She was a devout Catholic who loved her faith. Martina was also an avid Red Sox Fan. In addition to her husband, Martina is survived by her five (5) children; Thomas J. Higginbotham of Cotuit, Peter M. Higginbotham (Maria) of Houston, TX, Christine M. Higginbotham of Centerville, Neal O. Higginbotham (Mary) of Lake Mary, FL and Richard P. Higginbotham (Holly) of Centerville; her seven (7) grandchildren; John, Joseph, Matthew, Juliet, Thomas, Michael and Anna; siblings, Sister M. Paul Joseph of the order of Saint Joseph's at Bethany Hall in Framingham and Rosamond Fandel of Pennington, NJ. Martina was predeceased by her siblings, Jack Leary, Eleanor Leary, Paul Leary and Thomas Leary. Visiting hours will be from 9:00 to 10:15 am on Friday, August 8th at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 230 So. Main Street, Centerville, followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. After the burial, friends and family are invited to a gathering at the family home in Centerville to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com

John-Lawrence Funeral Home

508-428-5704 Marstons Mills
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 6, 2014
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