May Higdon

It is with great Sadness that we announce the passing of May Higdon.

May was born in Denver Colorado on May 12, 1917. Both of May’s parents perished in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and was raised by her paternal Grandmother, in Buffalo, Colorado.

May was sent to live with her aunt, Beatrice Garvin, at Gravelle Ferry in 1932. She moved to Quesnel in the summer of 1934, working at the Cariboo Hotel.

She married Jess Higdon in 1936, and moved out to the Higdon ranch where she raised her children, Barry, Patricia and Richard.

May was predeceased by her husband Jess in September, 1972 and her son Barry in 2005, Grandson Scott, and Granddaughter Shannon.

May leaves her daughter Tricia of Kamloops, B.C., Son Richard (Anne) of Quesnel, Grandsons Troy (Annie) of Kamloops, Russell (Anita) of Salt lake City, Utah, Granddaughters Melanie (Kai), of Vancouver, and Michelle (Juan) of Terrace. She also leaves behind many great and great great Grandchildren.

May was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star, chapter 71, and volunteered for many years at the Quesnel Museum, was a leader of the West Fraser 4H club, helped organize the Quesnel View Women’s Institute and was a Member of the Vaseux Lodge.

May was a true pioneer of the Quesnel area, and had many friends that helped shape the History of the Quesnel area.

A celebration of May’s life will be held in the summer, and will be announced at a later date.

The family would like to thank Pinegrove care centre in Kamloops for their compassionate care during the last years of May’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in May’s name may be made to the Canadian Arthritis Association.

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