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Marylin Mae "Bird" Higgins

Marylin Mae "Bird" Higgins, 83, of Superior, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, surrounded by her children.

She was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Delft, Minn., daughter of William and Alice (Banks) Prigge.

On Dec. 1, 1951, Marylin M. Prigge and Edward G. Higgins were united in marriage. Their honeymoon travels brought them to Marylin's first Green Bay Packer football game, which started her lifelong love for the Packers.

Marylin was an accomplished seamstress, having worked at Phoenix Hosiery, North Shore Manufacturing and Garon Knitting Mill.

In addition, she excelled at crocheting and knitting and blessed all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at birth with handmade afgans. She also made countless needlework projects and homemade patch quilts, her family continues to cherish.

Marylin also enjoyed time at the cabin with her children and grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Edward in 1983; daughters, Jill Marie in 1963 and Janet Lee in 1961; sister, Joyce Piggott; and brothers, William, Robert and Russel Prigge.

Survivors include her six children, Joan (Dale) Godfrey, Superior, Jean Higgins, Superior, Jaclyn (Dennis) Higgins-Cordts, Two Harbors, Edward G. Higgins, Jr., Superior, John (Janie) Higgins, Oulu, and Jennifer (Dan) Sloan, Lake Nebagamon; nine grandchildren, Caradie Fritze, Donald Lisdahl III, Andrew Lisdahl, Jamie Pellman, Julia Pellman, Jillian Staffon, Mathew Brown, Deven Brown, and Edward Higgins III; 12 great-grandchildren, Austin, Noah and Corbin Fritze, Anja Olsen, Jack Staffon, Isabella Lisdahl, Vaughn, Liam and Avery Christiansen, Tasha Murphy and Landan Sloan, Keely Pellman; brothers, Fred Brochu and Jim (Mary) Brochu; sister, Alice (Fred) Fields; and sister-in-law, Mary (Ed) Melkon.

The family would like to thank Dr. Fox and the nursing staff at Essentia Health 3rd floor oncology, for the loving care they provided our mother and our family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th Street, Superior. There will be no funeral service.

Honorary pallbearers will be her nine grandchildren.

Committal service will be at Calvary Cemetery, Superior, at a later date.

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