Sheila Ellen Higgins, age 83, passed away peacefully May 31, 2019 due to pancreatic cancer.
She was born Nov. 3, 1935 in Lafayette, IN to George and Rosie Donahue. She married John Patrick Higgins in April of 1963.
Sheila spent her life achieving and then serving. The owner of 4 world records in swimming, she spent 7 years as a teacher before having a family and becoming a social activist on behalf of the unborn, refugees, and the poor.
She was the beloved mother of Sean, Brendan, Shannon and Gavin, and proud grandmother of Jack, Aidan, Sam and Declan. Sheila was also mother to twins Anne Elizabeth and Cecilia Mary who passed soon after birth. She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Sean, and brother Richard Donahue.
After boarding school in Chicago, Sheila graduated from Loyola and became a teacher in Chicago. After moving to Washington D.C. she met her future husband John, a lawyer. They raised their children in Dallas, TX. Sheila spent the last 20 years living on their ranch near Tehuacana, TX doing ranchy things.
Sheila was a spectacular person who was loved spectacularly.
A celebration of Sheila's life will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 606 North Bonham Street, Mexia, TX on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10am. A rosary will be held the previous evening at 6pm at Blair-Stubbs funeral home in Mexia, TX. A memorial mass will also be held in Dallas at Christ the King Church on June 10th at 11:00am..
Monday, June 3rd, 2019 6:00pm
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
605 S. McKinney St MEXIA, TX 76667
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 10:00am
St. Mary's Catholic Church
607 N. Bonham MEXIA, TX 76667
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