Per email from Bob Saathoff:
On Sunday, July 8, 3012, Norma Jean (Lee) Higley was the center of great joy and sorrow in heaven and on earth. At 7:45 p.m. her spirit left her earthly temple and went to walk in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There was great joy in heaven because another one of God's children had finished her sojourn on earth and returned to her place in heaven, both joy and sorrow on earth as those who loved her gathered around to say goodbye, The joy was for her, the sorrow was for us, her family. We will no longer be able to speak to her face to face, or over the phone, sit quietly in her presence and enjoy the peace around there. And tho all of us wanted her to stay, we told her to go and be with the Lord that she loved to her very core for none of us wanted her to stay here in pain; that was unthinkable to us.
She is survived by her beloved husband Howard Herschel Higley; her loving brother Ronald Neal Lee and his wife June; her son Richard Leon Higley and wife Jackie; her daughter Jacqui Faye Thomas and her husband M. Tristan; her daughter Rebecca Marie Longster and her husband James; her daughter Cheryl Lynn Porter and husband Michael; her son Stephen Lane Higley and wife Tricia; 3 brother's-in-law: George, Dale and Mark Higley; and one sister-in-law: Frances Owen. Surviving as well are 37 grandchildren and more than 50 great-grandchildren, along with God-given children and grandchildren too numerous to mention, and a plethora of nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her greatly.
Open house and fellowship, with refreshments, Thursday, July 12, 1012, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Fowler Baptist Church, corner of 12th and East Streets. Memorial service immediately following at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fowler Food Pantry, which Norma established and nurtured for more than 25 years. Make checks payable to Fowler Food Pantry, c/o Fowler Baptist Church, P.O. Box 167, Fowler, In. 47944. The food pantry was the ministry Norma loved, and it will continue doing the Lord's work in her memory.