Teresa Renee Higgins, 64, Marion, died at home, Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
She was born, December 28, 1954, in Marion, Kansas. On November 25, 1972 Teresa married her high school sweetheart, Bill Higgins, at the Aulne Church and four years later they had their first son, Gabriel. Ten years later they excitedly welcomed Nicholas to their little family. Bill, Gabe, and Nic were her world!
Teresa and Bill raised their boys showing them an amazing example of true love, the importance of family, and the desire to help others. Teresa and Bill started their life together in Marion then lived in Newton, Admire, Hays, and Burlington, NC. In 1990 after years of various difficulties and numerous doctors, Teresa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Even with this life changing news, Teresa continued to put others first as her MS progressed and would do anything she could to better the lives of others.
Surprising to some, but no surprise to those who truly knew Teresa best, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an author. Her book, filled with creative memories, daily struggles, and inspirational thoughts was published in 2016. As a quadriplegic, she used voice activated software to share her story of “A Blessed Life Together”. Anyone who knew her would say Teresa’s positive attitude, willingness to listen and comfort others, and her care and concern for everyone she knew was second to none. In 2016 Teresa and Bill came back to where Teresa’s heart, and most importantly the majority of her family was, Marion KS. Always active and beloved members in any community in which they lived, Bill and Teresa enjoyed being back in Kansas. Teresa stayed busy in Marion, most recently helping to plan the 100th Hett Reunion in August 2018.
Survivors include, husband Bill Higgins of Marion; Son Gabriel Higgins and wife Lucia of Winston-Salem, NC; daughter-in-law Betsy Chandler, Fond Du Lac, WI; grandsons Daniel Hinton, Hays and Wyatt Higgins, Fond Du Lac, WI; 3 brothers, Rocky Hett and wife Shirley of Marion, Bruce Hett and wife Sandra of McPherson, Jack Hett and wife Donna of Marion; 2 sisters, LaVonda Rothman and husband Lew of Morristown, NJ, Shelley Stafford and husband Tom of Hays; and numerous nieces and nephews. Teresa was a great support and a true inspiration throughout her life to each of these family members and so many more.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Nic Higgins.
A public visitation will be held at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm Street, Marion, KS 66861, Friday, June 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. A celebration of her loving life will be held at a future date.
Memorials are suggested to the MEDI-PRIDE for banners and flags to decorate the new light poles of Marion’s Main Street.
Condolences can be sent to Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home.