In Memoriam – Patricia Higginson

Patricia Higginson, wife of Past-President Charles Higginson, was a devoted member and supporter of the Video Club. Chuck posted the following on Facebook following her death. A memorial service was held on January 4 for Pat at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Aliso Viejo. The club sends its sincere condolences to Chuck and the family.

FB_IMG_1577778420341Laguna Woods, California – Our faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and loyal friend Patricia Higginson (80) peacefully passed away at the Saddleback Memorial Hospital on December 28, 2019.  Surrounded by her Husband and all four of her children, and several grandchildren, she went home to be with and her parents, sister, brother and her Savior.

She was a trusted friend, a loving wife, an amazing mother and grandmother.  Her home was a gathering place, especially to teenagers, and she was a second mother to many.  Those closest to her knew her as Mom and Grandma. These were the titles she held most dear, and she exemplified every quality a loving mother and grandmother should. She was patient, kind, generous, accepting, funny and full of love for everyone.  Her unconditional love for her family is her legacy.

FB_IMG_1577777836533Pat was born to Adelbert and Barbara Cranney on July 1, 1939 in Etna, Wyoming.  Later, her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she graduated from West High School in 1957.  She worked for a year in the Tithing Office of the LDS Church as a comptometer operator.  She then decided to use her savings to take a vacation in Hawaii with a classmate from High School.  The two girls only got as far as Catalina Island.  They were having so much fun in Catalina, they decided to forget Hawaii and to stay in California.  When their money ran low, the two girls moved to Long Beach, California where they found work and Pat met the love of her life, LtJG Charles Oakey Higginson, an officer in the U.S. Navy.  Charles left the Navy and the couple married on April 19, 1962.  They soon moved to a home in Pasadena, CA and began their family by adopting two boys that were only three months apart in age.  In late 1965, the Higginsons moved to Huntington Beach, CA and later adopted 2 girls to complete their family.  In 1972 the family moved to Mesa AZ were they continued to raise their children.  After retirement, the couple moved to Laguna Woods, CA.  Pat loved to travel, spend time with her children and grandchildren.

FB_IMG_1577777813104Pat was an active and engaged member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She was an unwavering example of faithfulness to her family and friends. Many of her fondest memories were made in the service of her Savior, as she worked in the Primary, Young Women’s organizations and as Relief Society President. She also loved serving as a ward missionary with her husband.  No matter what challenges she faced, she found joy in Jesus Christ and in helping those around her come closer to Him.

Pat is survived by her husband Charles (Chuck),her son Brian (Becky) Higginson, her son Bruce (Nancy) Higginson, her daughter Laura (Robert) Prince, her daughter Shawna Cainion, her brother Allan (Charlene) Cranney, sister Janet Cranney, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her father Adelbert and her mother Barbara Cranney, her sister Elizabeth Thompson, and her brother Lewis Cranney.

Flowers and condolences may be sent to The Higginson Family, 129 Via San Sebastian, San Clemente, CA 92672. The Higginson Family would like to express their gratitude to Luina Calderon, her caregiver, for her attentiveness, loving care and friendship over the past three years.

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