July 28, 1940 - March 4, 2014
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ELKHART - Freida Jean Higgins, 73, of Punta Gorda, Florida, and formerly of Elkhart, passed gently to her rest on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Freida was born on July 28, 1940, in Manchester, Tennessee, to Fred and Thelma Jean (Haggard) Brown. She married Bob J. Higgins on June 25, 1960. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Bob J. Higgins; son, Greg L. (Laralee) Higgins, and a daughter, Chan Holley, all of Punta Gorda. She leaves to cherish her memory five loving grandchildren, Kirsten, Shaun and Skyler Higgins, and Travis and Presley Kreischer; her sisters, Joyce (Roy) Malcom of Elkhart, Barbara (David) Stealy of Cortez, Colo., and Patti (Rob) King of Elkhart; also her mother, Thelma Jean Higgins of Elkhart; and several nieces and nephews survive as well. Her father, Fred Brown, and mother-in-law, Lucy Huffman, preceded her in death. Freida was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and much-loved friend. Freida was a devoted homemaker and gardner, who enjoyed planting the Lord's riches and she loved to cook. She was a resident of Punta Gorda since 2003. Visitation will be held from (noon) 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Jamestown United Methodist Church, 59218 CR 3, Elkhart, with services celebrating Freida's life to follow at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Paul Rogers will officiate. Burial and graveside services will follow at Olive East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations to Tidewell Hospice, 900 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home, where condolences may be sent to Freida's family by visiting www.billingsfuneralhome.com.
Billings Funeral Home
812 Baldwin St Elkhart, IN 46514
Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 6, 2014