Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Jeannette Higginson

May 13, 2004


— Memorial services for Jeannette Higginson, 81, Manhattan, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

Mrs. Higginson died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at St. Joseph Village in Manhattan.

She was born July 5, 1922, in Wichita, the daughter of John L. "Jack" and Evadne Niederlander Pharo. She graduated from Wichita East High School, from Wichita State University in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and from the University of Illinois in 1946 with a Master of Arts degree in English.

Mrs. Higginson worked at Lockheed in Los Angeles during World War II. She moved to Manhattan shortly after receiving her master's degree, and taught in the English department of Kansas State University before becoming a full-time homemaker. She returned as an English instructor in the 1980s.

She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manhattan and helped develop Manhattan Day Care and the area's Head Start program. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Assn. and the Riley County Historical Society, and supported the Disabled American Veterans.

She married Fred Hall Higginson on Sept. 7, 1946, in Wichita. He died May 8, 1991.

Survivors include her mother, Manhattan; a son, Charles Higginson, Lawrence; a daughter, Marcia Higginson, Lenexa; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

The family suggests memorials to the Manhattan Public Library Foundation to be used for the large print collection, sent in care of the funeral home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan 66502.

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