Passed

Helen Higgins went to be with the Lord on June 1st, 2016 at the age of 93 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She was born in Grass Valley, California on July 26, 1922. Her parents were Violet Mary Harris Tupper and Otis Mitchel Tupper Jr. Helen attended Anna Head Girls School and the University of California at Berkeley graduating with a degree in Dramatic Arts.

Higgins, HelenAs an ambitious young woman, Helen boarded a train from California to New York City to pursue her passion of acting. After spending all of her weekends performing in summer stock theatre productions she decided to join the USO performing for members of the Armed Forces Services. At the end of WWII she returned to the US where she met the love of her life, Henry Higgins. They were married in 1945 and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where she remained for more than 50 years.

Helen began her working career in retail sales in Oakland California but soon found her niche working for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals where she retired 36 years later. She promoted quickly and retired as the Administrative Assistant to the Physician in Chief of Kaiser Hospital Martinez, California.

Grandma Helen, as she was known by her 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, had two sons, Peter Mitchel Higgins of Diamondhead, Mississippi; and, Richard Trevor Higgins of Yucaipa, California. She would never miss an opportunity to say how profoundly proud she was of her sons and their accomplishments. Peter, his wife Barbara and Richard, his wife Tricia will forever miss the wonderful stories she would share along with the memories of their father.

In the spirit of Helen’s kindness and generosity, she would want to say thank you to all those who touched her life. From Helen’s family, a special thank you to the staff of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport, Mississippi and especially to Father Ryan of Saint John the Evangelist who administered Last Rites. Their love, support, and comforting words are deeply appreciated.

She will miss her very special friends Kathy and Bob Norton of Diamondhead who lifted her spirits daily.

RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport is serving the family. Memories may be shared at www.riemannfamily.com.