Julia Nichols Higgins PDF Print E-mail

Julia Nichols Higgins, 89, of Columbia, widow of Ralph G. Higgins, Jr., died Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge.

Born on January 16, 1928, in Prosperity, she was the only child of Julian Emmett and Mary Bedenbaugh Nichols. She was a graduate of Newberry College and taught school for several years in Batesburg-Leesville. Mrs. Higgins also worked in a florist and was a wonderful homemaker. She resided in Spartanburg, SC for many years and in recent years had been in Columbia, SC. While in Columbia she was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Over the years she has been involved with Garden Clubs, Church Women's Circles and making banners for her church. She used her talent as a seamstress to make costumes for the Spartanburg Civic Ballet. Mrs. Higgins loved gardening, her family and her many pets.

She is survived by a son, Col. Ralph Grady (Rebecca) Higgins III, USA Ret.; daughters, Lt. CDR Mary Ruth Evans, USN Ret., Julie Ann (William) Holloway and Carolyn Frances (John) Chester and a grandson, Christopher Alan Durden.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210, by the Rev. Gary Loadholt. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1741, Greenwood, SC 29648.

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#6 gc 2017-04-11 14:40
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
#5 Deb & Derrill Taylor 2017-04-11 14:34
To all the family, Please accept our condolences. Julia was a very kind person Derrill's mother (Edna Higgins) thought so highly of Julia. May our Lord grant you peace during this time of great loss.
#4 Jerry Mitchell 2017-04-10 11:20
Mary,Julie,Caro lyn and Trip:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.i hadn't seen cousin Julia in a number of years but rest assured knowing she is in a better place.
#3 Drucie Connelly Eadd 2017-04-10 08:53
We have many memories of Julia, our much admired and loved cousin. My sister, Jewel, and I were so proud and felt so honored to be asked to don evening dresses and serve little cakes at reception after the wedding of Julia and Ralph. This is a memory that is special. Your memories and ours will continue to live; she will be missed by many. Love and prayers, Eugene and Drucie Connelly Eaddy
#2 Teresa Baker 2017-04-09 21:08
I am so sorry to see that Ms.Julia passed. I am honored to have had the privilege to help care for her at the office. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and in the days ahead.

Teresa Baker, LPN (Three Rivers Medical Assoc)
#1 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2017-04-09 18:52
Mary, Julie. Carolyn, and Trip:
You guys are all in our thoughts and prayers. Julia was a wonderful mom to all of you and has left you a great legacy of her kindness, love, and example. May God give you His arms of strength and encouragement, especially during this time.