BANGOR - After a period of declining health Valerie Higgins passed away peacefully April 11, 2016, surrounded by her large and loving family.
Valerie was born in Bangor August 17, 1931, daughter of Carl and Isobel McAllister Anderson. Valerie grew up in Bangor, attended St. Johns Grammar School and graduated from John Bapst class of 1949. Her early career was with the New England Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator which she later continued at the Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Valerie loved art, dance, yoga, reading the classics and her daily crossword puzzles. Valerie was an accomplished pianist and generously gave her time playing at the Maine Veterans Home and other area nursing facilities. She was also a volunteer in the gift shop at St. Joseph Hospital.
She was an exceptionally gifted homemaker with a flair for interior design creating a beautiful space and providing an abundance of homemade foods for her large and growing family.
Valerie was predeceased by her husband, Richard Higgins; her son, Stephen Higgins; her infant daughter, Elizabeth; and beloved sister, Carol Byers. She is survived by children, Valerie Higgins of Dunedin, FL, Richard Higgins of Bangor, David and Joanne Higgins of Hampden, Mark Higgins of Reno, NV, Carol and Chris Coyle of Camden, William and Maria Higgins of Brewer, Timothy and Marcia Higgins of Bangor, Jennifer and Tim Herbold of Bangor, Catherine and Chris Proctor of Rowlett, TX, Allison and Kurt Cardello of Bangor, Anne Higgins of Las Vegas, NV, Susan Higgins Walker and her husband, Raymond, of Newcastle and Kimberly Byers of Laurel, MD; and her brother, Carl Anderson of Holden. There are in addition 27 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor, Friday from 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor, on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m.