Louise Higginbotham, 90, of Orland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Enloe Hospital. Louise was born on September 6, 1922, to Andrew and Rosa Peter of Orland. She was the eldest of four daughters growing up on a small farm. She attended Walnut Grove Elementary School in the country and graduated from Orland High School.
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In 1940, Louise married Harry Higginbotham in the Catholic Church. They had three children, Pat, Harry, and Ann, and farmed in the Lake District northeast of Orland. Louise enjoyed raising her family and working outdoors with her husband Harry.
After her husband's sudden death in 1966, Louise continued farming with her son Harry and sister-in-law Mary Higginbotham. Mary passed away in 1981, and Louise moved to the town of Orland. Son Harry died in a tragic car accident in 1982.
Louise was an active member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church and Altar Society. She helped with church bazaars, hospitality, rummage sales, and other church activities. She was also a member of the Orland Women's Improvement Club.
Louise is survived by her daughter, Ann and Mike McDonald; son, Pat and Patty Higginbotham; daughter-in-law, Patty Higginbotham; grandchildren, John, Anthony, Mary, Jenny, Liz, Greg, Cindy, Sandy; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be Friday, April 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. at F. D. Sweet and Son, Orland. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, Orland, on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Dominic's Catholic Church in care of F. D. Sweet and Son, Orland.
Published in Willows Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 24, 2013