LaVerne N. Higginson

After enduring to the end, our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Dottie LaVerne Nelson Higginson, 97, passed away on April 14, 2017 at her home in Spanish Fork.  LaVerne was born to Christian Nelson and Dottie Joannah Tiffany Nelson in Salem, Utah, on September 26, 1919.  She graduated from Spanish Fork High. She married Ralph Daniel Higginson on September 20, 1939 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they had five children: Kaye, Diane, Carma, Duane and Jill.

LaVerne was well-known in Spanish Fork through her employment at Wil’s Foodland grocery store, where she worked for many years. And she very much liked being a Kindergarten Grandma at Park Elementary and Canyon Elementary schools for 18 years, retiring at age 92.  She was a member of the Beta Thalian social club for 70 years. She liked snowmobiling and throughout her life has enjoyed traveling.

An active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life, she served in the ward Young Women’s Presidency as well as the stake Young Women’s Presidency. She was a visiting teacher for over 70 years.

LaVerne is survived by three daughters and one son: Diane (Arthur, deceased) Hatfield, Carma (Ron) Johnston, Duane (Julie) Higginson, and Jill (Mark) Carlson. She also has 28 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was so very proud of her posterity. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Daniel Higginson; a daughter and son-in-law, Kaye and Arden Kitchen; granddaughters: Andrea, Tiffany, and Anne Kitchen; granddaughter-in-law, Camille Hatfield. Also preceding her in death are her brothers: Ervin, Frank, Clark; and sister, Mae Hales; and her sisters-in-law: Ruth Lewis and Phyllis Ashby.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Spanish Fork LDS Stake Center, 1006 East 200 South, Spanish Fork, Utah.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the church; and also on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment will be at Spanish Fork City  Cemetery.

The family expresses especial thanks to Heather Lyman of Maple Creek Hospice for her loving care of our mother.

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  1. We still miss you LaVerne!

  2. I am so sorry that I missed the services for Aunt LaVern. I remember when we were children, my family always came to Aunt LaVern’s for a special Barbeque at Aunt LaVern’s, We always had grilled chicken from Uncle Ralph and the ‘special french bread” from Aunt LaVern. All the cousins had so much fun together in that great big yard. I especially liked the big swing set in the very back yard.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, but what wonderful memories, you all must have. Your mother was always so sweet, and proud of each and everyone one of you. May our Heavenly Father bless you with peace and comfort.

  4. Phyllis Brock

    I was happy to read of LaVerne’s passing. That may sound odd but I’m sure my mother Pearl Forsey was there to greet her. I have been so grateful for the friendship my mom and LaVerne shared for so many years. She was such a special lady. She always had a kind word for me when she saw me. May our Heavenly Father bless you all as you celebrate LaVerne’s life. I would truly love to be at the viewing and funeral but we came to southern Utah for the winter and have not yet returned. My love and condolences to you all.
    Phyllis Forsey Brock

  5. Janice Carson

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have some very sweet memories of your Mother. Her wish has finally come true. My heart goes out to her family. You will be in my prayers God bless you at this time.

  6. How great it must have been to have your mom for all these years,she and uncle Ralph raised a great family, they were always very kind and gracious I remember having a lot of fun at your home as a youngster.I cant’ say I’m sorry for your loss because I feel you were so lucky to have such a great loving mom with you for all these years. God bless you all, your a great legacy and I feel very lucky to be able to call you friends and family.
    Love you