age 79 of Chesterton, formerly of Gary, passed away peacefully Tuesday,
February 17, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born
November 6, 1936, to Johnny and Florence Marshall. She was the 5th of their
In 1959 she married
Bud Higgins. They were married 44 years before his passing in 2003.
She is survived by
her children, William (Penni) Reid, Susan (Kevin) Tully and Tracy (Joe)
Llamas; son in law, Rick Brown; brothers, Jack Marshall and LeRoy (Bonnie)
Marshall; sister, Florence Gearhart; sister in law, Shirley Cortinas. She
was NaNa to 16 grandchildren, Kristie, Troy, Sabrina, Jessica, Harmony,
Stephanie, Bill, Scott, Kiley and Joshua, along with Melissa, Mikey,
Jessica, Emily, Bailey and Benjamin and 20 great-grandchildren. She had a
very large and loving extended family including her nephews, nieces,
cousins, friends, and caretakers at Chesterton Manor.
preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Sandra Spenner and
Toni Brown; grandson, Troy Wright; sisters, Mary Jane Cather, Dorothy
Dykhuizen; brother, William Marshall; brothers in law, Jim Cather, Ron
Dykhuizen, Richard Cortinas, and Wyvil Gearhart.
Shirley loved her
family, her flower garden, cooking, cleaning, Nascar racing with a special
fondness for #3 Dale Earnhardt. She enjoyed decorating for all holidays,
country music and pretty things that matched. Shirley had a smile and a hug
for everyone. She will be deeply missed.
will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at Edmonds & Evans
Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN, 46368.
Visitation will be
held on Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the
Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made at