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Leaving a Legacy

May 18, 2018, 23:00 PM

Young Couple on Their Wedding DayShe was described as beautiful – inside and out, warm and welcoming, but also private. She was a self-pronounced loner but loved to have fun and be around people. She was an avid reader and incredibly knowledgeable about everything from investments to hip hop. And she believed strongly in leaving a legacy,

Meet Shirley Higgins.

Shirley was born in 1942 in a small fishing village in Canada. Upon her high school graduation, she began a career that would last 40 years as a “stewardess” for Northwest Orient Airlines. She traveled the world, embracing a sense of adventure.

In Minneapolis, she met her husband, Chuck, and together they relocated to the Seattle area and ultimately built their retirement home in Mount Vernon in 2005. She and Chuck never had children of their own but loved their 10 nieces and nephews who lived scattered across the country.

Shirley and Chuck HigginsShirley’s battle with cancer began 25 years ago, and during that time she survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice. In the summer of 2015, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and during the remaining year of her life she worked very closely with her oncologist and the staff at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center. She lost her life to a stroke in September 2016.

As a show of gratitude for the excellent care she received, Shirley left a generous bequest of $75,000 to the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Care fund for needs in the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center.

“She had 100 percent confidence in the care and treatment that she received, and after meeting with so many doctors and caregivers myself, I truly believe that she received the very best care available too,” said Shirley’s niece Kim Moger of Newcastle, WA. “It was very important to her to leave a portion of her estate for needs in the Regional Cancer Care Center. The treatment and care that she always received there made her comfortable and confident and she was always treated with respect.”

Photos provided by the family of Shirley Higgins.

 

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Leaving a Legacy

May 18, 2018, 23:00 PM

Young Couple on Their Wedding DayShe was described as beautiful – inside and out, warm and welcoming, but also private. She was a self-pronounced loner but loved to have fun and be around people. She was an avid reader and incredibly knowledgeable about everything from investments to hip hop. And she believed strongly in leaving a legacy,

Meet Shirley Higgins.

Shirley was born in 1942 in a small fishing village in Canada. Upon her high school graduation, she began a career that would last 40 years as a “stewardess” for Northwest Orient Airlines. She traveled the world, embracing a sense of adventure.

In Minneapolis, she met her husband, Chuck, and together they relocated to the Seattle area and ultimately built their retirement home in Mount Vernon in 2005. She and Chuck never had children of their own but loved their 10 nieces and nephews who lived scattered across the country.

Shirley and Chuck HigginsShirley’s battle with cancer began 25 years ago, and during that time she survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice. In the summer of 2015, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and during the remaining year of her life she worked very closely with her oncologist and the staff at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center. She lost her life to a stroke in September 2016.

As a show of gratitude for the excellent care she received, Shirley left a generous bequest of $75,000 to the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Care fund for needs in the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center.

“She had 100 percent confidence in the care and treatment that she received, and after meeting with so many doctors and caregivers myself, I truly believe that she received the very best care available too,” said Shirley’s niece Kim Moger of Newcastle, WA. “It was very important to her to leave a portion of her estate for needs in the Regional Cancer Care Center. The treatment and care that she always received there made her comfortable and confident and she was always treated with respect.”

Photos provided by the family of Shirley Higgins.