Karen Jeanne Higgins June 11, 1957 July 3, 2009 Karen passed from this life peacefully after a brave ten year battle with systemic scleroderma. She worked as a Diabetes Consultant for the Tucson Area Indian Health Services, for the past six years, and grew up in Oceanport, NJ. She received her doctorate in Nutritional Sciences in 2004, even as she fought the disease. She is survived by her loving partner of 20 years, Donna Martin of Tucson, and a host of cherished friends, as well as her loving family: siblings, Nancy (Higgins) and Milton Hendon of Alexandria, VA, Kevin Higgins of Winston-Salem, NC, Joseph Higgins, Jr. and Emily Cabaniss of Clemmons, NC, and Vincent Higgins of Eatontown, NJ, as well as her niece, Michelle Grasso of Springfield, VA, and nephews, Michael and Stephen Higgins of Belmar, NJ. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at St. Francis in the Foothills Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Rd. at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Karen's memory can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation http://www.scleroderma.org/development/donate.shtm or the Southern AZ Humane Society www.hssaz.org.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 26, 2009