In Memory

Colleen Gene Higgins (Keller)

Colleen Gene Higgins (Keller)

We were informed last evening by Colleen's daughter, Tara Penders, that Colleen Higgins (Keller) passed away Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 from cancer.  This is very sad news for all of us. Her daughter said that the family is planning a 'virtual' memorial on her Birthday coming up where everyone who loved her would wear her favorite color purple. They are contemplating a burial in Colleen's favorite place in this world, Ireland.

Colleen will be greatly missed by all of us.

8-22-2014 (Pat Canfield Guse)

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08/22/14 06:01 PM #2    

Dennis Lee Trippel

A wonderful who helped make LHS a great place to go each school day....God Bless....

08/22/14 06:33 PM #3    

Anna Temmers (Ilvess-Barber)

I'm so sorry to hear of Colleen's passing.  We just recently connected via Facebook and I was hoping to meet sometime since we live so close.  Colleen was a sweet girl, quiet like I was in high school.  My condolences to her loved ones.   

08/22/14 06:57 PM #4    

Karis Geier (Loos)

I'm so sorry to hear about Colleen's passing; she was such a sweetheart and I pray the family will be strengthened during this time. Many blessings to you all.

08/22/14 07:58 PM #5    

Gary L. Parker

Colleen was such a sweet and caring young lady.... she will be missed....

Gary Parker

God bless the family and the class member that knew her ../.

08/23/14 08:25 AM #6    

William Earl Barnes

A few of us knen Colleen from 2nd grade on.  She was always a friendly, smart, careing person.

She will be missed.


08/23/14 03:29 PM #7    

Deanna Gail Huber (Bauer)

I met Colleen in 7th grade when she joined my mother's Camp Fire Girls group.  We became very close friends and took tap & ballet together.  On Sundays you would find us at the Skating Rink with other Millard Lefler students.  I last heard from her before our 50th class reunion.  She didn't come, as was waiting for new grandchild to be born.  I will always keep her in my heart as one of my dearest friends.  My family want to send our thoughts to her family.  Bless Them.

08/23/14 04:56 PM #8    

Linda Jean Alles (Garnsey)

It has taken me three days to get to where I felt I could write something that would give Colleen the honor she so deserves.  I cannot describe the sadness and loss I feel.  Colleen was truly the sister I never had.  A sweeter, gentler, kinder person you could never know.  Colleen and I have known each other since we were 5 years old.  That makes our friendship 64 years old!  Who else do you know who can say they have had a beautiful friendship for that long?

Colleen and I did everything together.  We walked to school, home from school, spent almost every afternoon after school together.  If Colleen wasn't at my house I was at hers. We shared experiences in Camp Fire Girls, skated at the rink on Saturday afternoons, played miniature golf and double dated from time to time.  And, oh, my, the teenage crushes and the boyfried problems we solved and the tears we shared!  Of course, we cheered together with a very special group of girls including our other long time friend, Carolynne Rouse Rose. I had the honor of being Colleen's Maid of Honor at her wedding and although most of it has been long distance, we've watched each other's children grow up and have families of their own. True friendship takes commitment and we made that commitment very early. We supported each other through thick and thin, in happy times and in sad times.  In sixty four years our friendsship never waivered.  We have kept in contact by phone, by mail, email and even a few visits here and there.  Her birthday card still sits here on my desk ready to be mailed.  When Jim and I went to San Francisco to see Colleen we had the wonderful opportunity to meet a very grown up Tara.  They were fabulous tour guides taking us all over their beautiful city.  It was a fun and most memorable trip.

I will be forever grateful for the very special friendship we shared and thankful to God for putting Colleen in my life.  I will miss her terribly but I have so many beautiful memories that at least, for now, they will carry me through.  I will be wearing purple on September 8th & will happily toast her with a Bailey's.


I love you girl.  Rest in peace.

08/24/14 12:24 PM #9    

Kenneth L. Gates

Collen and I walked to school together nearly everyday when we attended Hawthorne Grade School in Lincoln. She was a great friend in those early years. Nice memories!! I'm so sad to hear of her passing. My prayers to her family.

08/25/14 11:14 AM #10    

Sharon Ann Keniston (Sutton)

Oh dear, what awful news. Coleen was such a lovely girl. Her kindness and quiet presence will be missed by her many friends. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to those close to her, family and friends alike. God bless.

08/28/14 05:00 PM #11    

Cheryl Ann Davis (Thomson)

So sorry to hear of Coleens death. My sympathy to her family.

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