MOOERS — Joyce Higgins, 85, of the Fee Road, Mooers, Born Sept. 22, 1928, to Harold and Florence Allen in Lavale, Quebec, died surrounded by her loving family in an at-home setting at her son's house in Chazy.
We put up a cross for Christmas on our chimney, and she loved it so much that we vowed not to take it down until she passed, and at 9:05 p.m. on the sixth, we turned off the cross for the last time this year. Many of our neighbors knew what this cross meant to us and the significance of it being turned off.
In a seemingly previous life, Joyce was predeceased by her first husband of only three years, Floyd, who quickly succumbed to an incurable disease, leaving her alone with two beautiful children, Floyd and Leslie. This beautiful widower was not destined to be alone, and soon attracted the attention of a sailor fresh back from the war in Europe. With little resistance, he swept her off her feet, including those two sons, and had no qualms with raising them as his own flesh and blood. A wonderful family was created again. Soon to follow, God would bless them with three more children.
Joyce was predeceased by her first husband, Floyd Evan Walker, and the man who shared the majority of her life, both good and bad times. A love so intense, it left their children with some rather lofty expectations for any future mate. Clifton Henry Higgins passed Dec. 29, 2010. They were together for 58 joyful years. To mom, he was her "Lovie." The scourge of Alzheimer's made his passing unusually difficult to her. He was just out of sight or hunting or at a doctor's appointment. Also predeceasing her, her parents, Harold and Florence Allen; and siblings, James Allen of Port Alice, British Columbia, and Patricia Pratt of Altona.