July 27, 1932 ~ November 11, 2010

Born in: Denver, CO,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville~ Gwendolyn (Gwen) Ailene Higgins, 78, died Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. Gwen was born to the late Vivian Glee Goodenberger and Charles Verner Litherland in Denver, Colorado on July 27, 1932 and was preceded in death by a son, Scott E. Higgins. Gwen's life was filled with many volunteer activities, church involvements and genealogy interests. Surviving is her husband of 56 years, Robert (Bob) Higgins; a son, Kent E. Higgins and his wife, Jennifer Atkins of Amherst MA, a daughter, Kim A. Higgins of Staunton, VA., two granddaughters, Lucy M. Atkins and Genevieve E. Higgins of Amherst, MA. Gwen is also survived by a sister, Ellen Glee Scheele of Boulder, CO. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mark Ramsey officiating. An inurnment ceremony will be held in the church's memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Resident Assistance Fund at Givens Estate 2360 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, N.C. 28803. Groce Funeral Home, Lake Julian is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. My sympathy to Bob, Kim, Kent & family. Gwen was a very long-time friend and a cherished one. She will be really missed by all her group of college friends, the ‘Angels Bottoms’.
    Alice (Lorrie) Eades

  2. Uncle Bob and Cousins Kent (and family) and Kim, you have our sincere sympathy. Gwen was a wonderful person and left many precious memories. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

  3. My sympathy to Gwen’s family. I volunteer on Thursday mornings at ABCCM’s Crisis Ministry. I miss Gwen’s presence there. We always found time to chat. I admired her efficiency and the dignity that she extended to our clients. She was always pleasant and upbeat, even in the difficult last months, a remarkable and wonderful lady.

  4. To all the Higgins family,
    My deepest sympathy for the recent death of Gwen. She came faithfully to all the Sigma Xi meetings when she and Bob were active. Both Gwen and Bob contributed much to Sigma Xi here in Asheville.

    I wish to make a contribution to Sigma Xi in honor of Gwen, but I need Bob’s address so Sigma Xi may send an acknowledgment. Bob will you please send me your mailing address? Thanks.

    May peace be with you.

    Don dcollins@warren-wilson.edu


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