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Services Monday for Shirley Higgins, 79

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Shirley Higgins, 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 7 children.

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.

Shirley was 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.

Funeral service 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


Posted 2/19/2016





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