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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