Grayce "Arlene" Higgins

February 22, 1931 ~ December 9, 2012

"Arlene" as everyone knew her, was a strong and Godly woman. She was born in the Village of Stratton, Ohio and raised in nearby New Somerset. She graduated from Jefferson Union High School, Richmond, Ohio in 1948 and from Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. Even as a young mother of 3, she worked as an R.N. (for 49 years) and was also a church pianist and organist and Sunday School teacher. Arlene is remembered as a woman that "everyone loved." She survived breast cancer in the '60's, numerous health challenges including heart surgery, but never complained. She is survived by her husband George, to whom she was married for 60 years; sons, David and Donald; and daughter, Diane; and nine grandchildren: Joshua, Nicholas, Andrew, Timothy, Eric, Ian, Sarah, Sean, and Lauren.
The beauty of her piano playing, her smile, love of games,
and wry sense of humor, will be greatly missed.
A public funeral service will be held Dec. 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 12, 2012