Phyllis Ann Higgins


(Oct. 7, 2006)

Phyllis Ann Higgins, 60, of Powell died Oct. 7, 2006, at Powell Valley Healthcare.

She was born May 1, 1946, in Baker, Mont., to Harley L. Wassink and Esther Bertsch. She attended schools in Riverton, and was a member of the Eagles.

After her first husband, James Jones, died in 1971, she moved to Powell to be closer to her family and to raise her two daughters. She worked at Head Start as a teacher's aide, then as a teacher for many years. Then she moved on to work at the nursing home as a certified nurses assistant. She also enjoyed keeping score at the bowling alley for many years.

She married Jerry Higgins on Feb. 14, 1983, in Powell. In May 1989 she became disabled and was not able to work anymore. She was never one to let that get her down. She filled her days with visiting friends and family, craft projects and teaching herself how to use the computer. She enjoyed her may card games. She never let her own disability and circumstances get her down.

We will remember her as a very strong and caring person, never once complaining about her own situation. She was always more concerned about her family and friends. She would put everyone’s happiness and wellbeing before her own.

She is truly going to be missed by her family, friends and many caregivers she had throughout the years.

Phyllis is survived by her mother, Esther Wassink of Powell; her husband, Jerry Higgins of Powell; two daughters, Rhonda (Kevin) Nelson and Christy Jones; a brother, Wayne (Brenda) Wassink; a sister, Twyla (Pedro) Segura; two grandchildren, Amanda McWIlliams and Joshua Jones, and one great-grandchild, Cheyenne McDonald.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harley Wassink; first husband, James Jones; a sister, Sharon Scranton; and her mother-in-law, Mary Higgins.

At her request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Cremation has taken place.