2014-05-29 / Obituaries

Ella M. Higgins

Ella May (Cooper) Higgins passed away in Salinas on May 12, 2014 in the company of her family, just a few days before her 90th birthday. She was born on May 26, 1924 in Bone Creek, Neb., to Rosa and James Sheridan Cooper.

Before she married the late Thomas Laverne Higgins (1920-86) on Feb. 7, 1942 in Kent, Wash., Ella attended Washington University in Seattle, and during World War II, routed convoys for the U.S. Navy. They moved to Merced shortly after the birth of their first son, Thomas L. Jr., (1946-2012).

The family also lived in Mariposa for several years. While raising her children, she was bookkeeper for the family construction business and worked at the Mariposa County Courthouse. Ella spent the last 25 years in Tigard, Ore.

She was always surrounded by a wide circle of friends and family. An avid reader, Ella participated in writers’ groups, often composing short stories that showcased her sharp wit and sense of humor. She danced with great joy and entertained with flair.Ella is survived by her son, Michael Lance Higgins and daughter-in-law Carolyn of Atwater, son PatrickKelan and daughter-in-law Cindy of Windsor, son Sean Joseph and daughter-in-law Lori of Merced, daughter Lisa Rosanne (Higgins) and son-in-law Lance Haar of Salinas, daughter-in-law Elise Gauthier Higgins of Emeryville and sister Mildred Howser of Lincoln, Neb.

Ella was the proud grandmother of Jennifer Danny Higgins Dunn, Steven Dan Simonovich, Kimberly Haar Heinz, Jeremy Higgins, Tiffany Higgins Crownover, Spencer Higgins, Wyndy Dobrowolski Lowe and great-grandmother of Kezian, Tori, Dan, Kalana, Kelan, Devon, Gabriel, Dan and Jozie, and was the favorite aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.

We will always try to live up to the goals she set for us, honor her generous heart and selfless love and treasure the memory of her radiant smile.

A family memorial was held on May 24 in Salinas. She was laid to rest at Merced District Cemetery following a mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced.

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