Margaret Sue Higdon passed away on Dec. 26, 2013, at her home in Muscle Shoals. She was born on Sept. 10, 1923, in Hartselle, Ala.
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Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Leon Higdon; brothers, Porter Lee Hanes (Aubry), Asa Hanes (Gladys), James Lawrence Hanes (Frankie); sisters, Lois Sybert (Leldon), Maude Lynch (Alton); Irona Boyt (Herman); and grandson, Ronald Andrew Higdon.
She is survived by her sons, Ronald Douglas Higdon (Ann) of Killen, Ala., Charles Edwin Higdon (Terry) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; daughter, Judy Carol Higdon Hart (John) of Saratoga, Calif.; grandchildren, Holly Ann Newton (Steve), Heather Renee Kirby (Jonathan), John Pershing Hart, Andrew Tyler Higdon (Brandi), Anna Katherine Higdon; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Matthew, John Ryan, Ayden, Lily, Lawson; nieces and nephews, Rebecca Moore, Stephanie Socha, Joe Lynch, and James Hanes.
Nana Sue is home. Sue is in the kitchen or on the porch. Her life and especially her joys can be described by her culture she lived in, the company she kept, her friends and food. Just like Santa, she had a twinkle in her eye.
Born in 1923 in Hartselle, Ala., Sue was surrounded by her three brothers, three sisters, and their families and of course Poppa and Mama and Arthur L. and Joanna Lawrence Hanes. She enjoyed 50-plus years being married to Edwin, sharing love and affection and raising her three children.
She loved family and friends and wasn't afraid to explore the world. She enjoyed many trips to interesting places in the U.S. and later local trips with her infamous band appropriately named "We Ain't Dead Yet." Strength was the calling card of her laugh and her love. She dearly loved Edwin and her children and grandchildren and was delighted when the great-grandchildren came along.
A longtime member of Woodward Avenue Baptist Church, she truly loved her church family, Ruth Sunday School Class and the lunches and fun times she spent with her "Ruth Friends."
She was a fervent Purple Martin bird watcher and care giver, putting up her gourds in the spring, counting the scouts and nests and shooting away the dreadful Starlings with warning shots from her flip or BB gun. A faithful member of the North West Alabama Purple Martin Club, she celebrated many September birthdays at the annual picnic under the trees. Her life and home she shared with very special ladies, caregivers from Home Instead, who she loved and so greatly depended on for loving care and very special attention in addition to all the love and car she received from her real family.
'Mom, Sue, Nana Sue, grandmother,' whatever term she was affectionately called, she gave her love and her time. Ever thoughtful, and even at the end, she was patient to show us selflessness. She put her hand to her to her heart and perhaps, she imagined herself … somewhere within her wonderful life and just like always, she went Home.
Visitation was held at Colbert Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the service followed in the chapel at 1 p.m. Burial was at Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church in Hartselle, Ala. Dr. Tom Whatley officiated.
Pallbearers were Vertis Driver, Chester Venable, Ben Kocisek, Jack Pounders, Phil Wakefield, Grey Ogle, John Pershing Hart and Andrew Tyler Higdon.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to:
Woodward Avenue Baptist Church
801 Woodward Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
You may sign our online registry at colbertmemorial.com. Colbert Memorial Chapel of the Shoals assisted the family.
Published in the Decatur Daily on Dec. 29, 2013