Isabel B. Higgins
1928 - 2020
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Isabel B. Higgins, 92, of Leeds, MA, and formerly of Glastonbury, CT, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Linda Manor in Leeds. She was the widow of the late John Philip Higgins. Born in Hartford, CT on October 28, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Isabel (Masack) Brennan. She graduated from Bristol Central High School and the University of Connecticut. She was active for many years in Hartford Audubon Society, Women's Club of Glastonbury and Country Gardeners of Glastonbury. She traveled on birding trips to many distant places, including Trinidad, Belize, Labrador and Australia. She helped as an assistant Scout Master for Glastonbury Girl Scout Troop. Isabel loved the outdoors and had many wonderful years of birding, camping and canoeing with family and friends. She was an elementary school teacher in her professional life, and taught in Waterford and Wethersfield before settling down in Glastonbury at Hopewell School.

Isabel is survived by her three children, Elizabeth "Betsy" Higgins of Florence, MA and her husband Douglas King, John W. Higgins and his wife Eileen of East Hampton, CT and James Higgins and his wife Karin of Fort Collins, CO; six grandchildren, Jondahl Koonankeil, Shani Leader, Nathan Higgins, Iris Higgins, Laura Higgins and Grace King and thirteen great-grandchildren: Ileana Koonankeil, Delilah Koonankeil, Juliet Koonankeil, Malia Leader, Huxley Leader, Jamie Higgins, Micaela Higgins, Madeline Wein, Cameron Wein, Brennan Wein, Eila Hol King, Emmett Hol King and Olive Hol King.

Due to the current restrictions, memorial services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. Donations may be made to the Hartford Audubon Society, P.O. Box 270207, West Hartford, CT 06127 or the East Glastonbury Public Library, 1389 Neipsic Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033. To leave a message for the family, please visit

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 5, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
John and Isabel volunteered at blood drives but my strongest acquaintance was through the Woman's Club. We served on tne scholarship committee and enjoyed club lunches. However her bigggest gift to me came from a program where she showed slides of birds including some on lamp posts. Now I look up and see hawks and other raptors.
Kay Carbaugh
January 7, 2021
I was John and Isabel's accountant for many years. Both John and Isabel gave me a life long interest in birding. I think of Isabel nearly every time i'm seeking out a bird. Thank you Isabel. Mark Mazzone
Mark Manzone
January 6, 2021
Isabel and John were good friends. Isabel was a quiet, sincere, bright woman. I always enjoyed being with her. She was a faithful member of the Woman"s Club, always stepping up to serve on committees and projects. She made a difference wherever her interests led her. My love to Betsy, John and Jim.
Eva Bowden
January 5, 2021
Our deepest condolences on your loss. The D’Esopo Family.
D'Esopo Funeral Chapel
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