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Elizabeth M. Higgins

February 15, 1943 - October 19, 2018


Sayre, Pennsylvania

Date of Death:

October 19, 2018



Birth Date:

February 15, 1943

Birth Place:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Elizabeth M. Higgins

Elizabeth Marie Higgins, 75, a longtime resident of Waverly, New York peacefully passed away at her new home in South Waverly, Pennsylvania on October 19, 2018.

Elizabeth, widely known as Betty & Betsy, is predeceased by her parents, James and Elizabeth Rebak Egan; daughter, Elizabeth Higgins; sister, Marie Selzer; brother, Jim Egan and husband Eugene Higgins.

She is survived by her sons, Eugene Higgins Jr., also of South Waverly, Michael (Kimberly) Higgins, grandsons, Austin and Christian of Mount Airy, Maryland; brothers, Thomas (Bonnie) Egan, Michael (Sue) Egan, Joseph (Linda) Egan; sister-in-law, Mary Egan; and brother-in-law, Ronald Selzer; all of the Philadelphia area, as well as many more loving family-members.

Elizabeth, a devoted wife and mother, spent a life of service, selflessly caring for those she loved. She was an avid reader and supporter of all things literary and passed on her passion of reading through her work at the library at Waverly High School introducing generations of Waverly students to all variety of books and then later as a volunteer at the Waverly Free Library.  She regularly hosted friends and family at their cottage on the banks of the Susquehanna River where she and Gene raised their family on their little slice of heaven on the river. 

A private memorial service will be held with her family in the Philadelphia region. Those wishing to send condolences to Elizabeth’s family may send a private message of sympathy in the Obituaries link or by visiting the Blauvelt's Facebook page. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Guthrie Home Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA  18848, who lovingly cared & provided for Gene and Betty during their last days.

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From:  Bill and Analie Rademaker
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To Gino and Mike. Very sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. Bill and Gene started on the same day at Waverly HS in 1970 and we remember all the good times on the river. Josh and Mike also had a lot of fun. One winter the Higgins built a bonfire in the snow and we had a great time on the river. It was a big loss of friendship when we moved back to Virginia in 1980. Gino and Mike, if you read this can you send us an email?  Bill, Analie, Josh and Abby

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