Patricia A. Higgins, 73

Published 8:08 am Friday, August 14, 2020

Patricia A. Higgins, 73

Patricia A. Higgins, 73, of Austin, Minnesota passed away peacefully on August 11, 2020 at Season’s Hospice Home, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on March 27th, 1947, in Austin, Minnesota to Orville V. and Margaret B. (Bigelow) Smith. She attended Austin public schools, graduating with the class of 1965.

Patricia married John W. Cummings on July 11th, 1965 in Austin, Minnesota, having two daughters from this union before John’s passing in 1969. She married Thomas E. Higgins on June 11th, 1971 having one son from this union. They resided south of Austin for most of their married life.

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As a non-traditional student, Patricia earned her Master’s Degree in political science/women’s studies from Minnesota State University Mankato in 1990 and later became a licensed massage therapist.

In her spare time Patricia enjoyed her flower garden(s), traveling, movies, bingo, and crafts. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

As a stay at home mother, Patricia volunteered her time at the labor support center, as a Girl Scout troop leader, and was a regular chaperone of her children’s activities.

She was a member of the Austin Zonta Club, Austin Eagles Arie 703 and actively participated in the Mower County DFL as well as serving as an Austin Township board member.

Over the years she held many positions of employment including, Mower County Crisis Center, Golden Tress Salon, as well as her in-home massage business.

Patricia is survived by her children Gina Higgins (Timothy Nelson) of Moorhead, Angela Higgins of Austin, and Scott (Jill) Higgins of Rochester; grandchildren Duel Higgins, Cassondra Nelson, Duncan Higgins, Matthew Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Caleb Swinhart, Mackenzie Swinhart, Asia Higgins-Lewis, Thomas W. Higgins, and one great granddaughter Paisley Higgins; Brothers Kevin (Sandy) Smith of Lake City, Kenneth (Merri Lea) Smith of Lake City, and Christopher (Sherri) Smith of Woodbury; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s) John W. Cummings and Thomas E. Higgins. Father and mother Orville and Margaret (Bigelow) Smith; father & mother-in law Lloyd & Mary (Leif) Cummings; father & mother in-law Robert & Maxine (Runden) Higgins; brother Eugene Smith; brother in-law Robert Cummings.

Casket bearers will be: Duel Higgins, Cassondra Nelson, Duncan Higgins, Matthew Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Asia Higgins-Lewis. Honorary casket bearers will be Caleb Swinhart, Mackenzie Swinhart, Thomas W. Higgins and Paisley Higgins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 18th at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, MN, with Father James Steffes officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, August 17th at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and will continue Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 AM prior to Mass, at church.