Maryjean (Kelly) Higgins passed away on April 3, 2021 surrounded by her family after a brief illness.
She was born on May 22, 1934 in Brookline, MA, the daughter of Edward and Mildred Kelly. After a brief career as a cheerleader, she met and married her high school sweetheart Joseph Richard "Dick" Higgins and they started their journey through 51 years of marriage.
She enjoyed short but fulfilling careers in numerous fields including the New England Telephone Company and Macy's Department Store. Her favorite occupation was that of a crossing guard at the Webster Elementary School. Though well respected by her fellow Crossing Guardians, she was eventually asked to move on from this career choice because of traffic jams caused by her chatting at length with friends in the pick-up line.
Maryjean found true happiness when she was home raising her children and shuffling them to and from their respective activities and numerous sporting events. She enthusiastically worked the concession stand at North Little League while cheering them on from behind the grill. Maryjean was able to relive those days through her grandchildren and enjoyed those moments to the fullest.
She cherished the time she spent with her two closest partners in crime, Marge Kirby and Judy Sandler, from whom no one was able to escape their shared wisdom.
Maryjean was predeceased by her loving husband, Dick, her parents Ed and Mildred Kelly, her younger sister Joanie (Kelly) Sullivan, Joanie's husband Robert, and her youngest sister, Patricia (Kelly) Clancy. She is survived by her brother, Jack Kelly.
Her family members which include her daughters, Carolyn Higgins, Nancy and her husband Dan Roberts; her sons, J.R. (Joseph) Higgins Jr and Marybeth LaRocque, Mark Higgins and Stephanie Currier, will miss her dearly. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Jamie and Rich Cote, Christopher Pamula, Heather and Cary Neal, Montana Roberts, Daniel Roberts, Braiedon and Gavin Currier; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a plethora of dear lifelong friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Kirby family for the kind and loving support they showed throughout the years. Maryjean was loved by too many to name but the family would like you to know you are all in their thoughts and memories.
Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be private at the family's convenience.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to the Manchester Firefighter Relief Association, 100 Merrimack St, Manchester, NH 03101.
To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.