DONNA RUTH HIGGINS Donna Ruth Higgins, age 57, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013. She was born in Gary, IN to the late Donald and Ruth (Jones) Higgins April 13, 1956. Donna is survived by her best friend and partner of 12 years, James Jimmy Suchta; her daughter, Samantha (Ruthie) Finnerty; her three grandchildren: Tristan-16, Barbara-13 and Tyler- 4; and many Higgins and Jones relatives. Donnas mother, Ruth, died at age 20 (Nov., 1957). Donna was 18 months old. Her early years, she lived with the Higgins family, among her Dad, his parents and seven siblings. A tiny blond girl became one of them, sharing time with the Joneses, too. A 22 year survivor of breast cancer, Donna stayed active. Employed as a waitress, she also enjoyed her crafts. She crocheted many beautiful afghans to give away. Her dogs and cats were constant companions, and she had adored horses since childhood. Donna had a deep love for family members and friends, and was thankful for all the prayers in her behalf. We will miss her presence with us, but will always hold her memory in our hearts. A memorial time with family and friends is scheduled.
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Published in The Times on Nov. 22, 2013