Lilian Virginia HigginsJuly 28th, 2020
Mrs. Lilian Virginia Higgins, 84, of Jamestown, Mo., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Boone Hospital in Columbia. Virginia was born February 9, 1936, in Fulton, Mo., to George and Lydia Neal. As a child Virginia attended Fulton Public Schools. In 1955, she was married to Donald Higgins, who preceded her in death in 2007. Virginia resided with her family in Santa Maria, Calif., where she was a homemaker until 1967, when the family moved to California, Mo. Here, she began employment with Cal's Thriftway where she was a hardworking, loyal employee and a loving friend to many. She retired after 45 years. One of Virginia's greatest joys in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she thoroughly enjoyed attending their school and sporting events. She also enjoyed preparing large Sunday family dinners for many years until she was no longer able. After the passing of her husband, Don, she sold the family farm and moved to Jamestown, Mo. to be nearer to family. It was here that she became a member of the United Methodist Church. Virginia is survived by one son, Dennis Higgins and friend Kay of Jefferson City; two daughters, Debra Yard of Jamestown, and Diane Riddle and husband Gary of Wardsville; two grandsons, Tyler Higgins and Zach Riddle; and one great-grandson Cole Higgins. She is also survived by one brother, Harry Neal of New Bloomfield; one sister; Maxine Gilman of Fulton, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lydia Neal; husband, Don; grandson, Travis Higgins; son-in-law, Robert Yard; seven sisters: Ruth Rittman, Opal Simpson, Sarah Custard, Jewell Christenson, Ruby Wiggins, Dorothy Bosher, and Edith Willsmeyer; along with two brothers, Edison Neal and George Neal Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, Funeral Services following at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Interment will be at Centertown Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Centertown Cemetery or the United Methodist Church in Jamestown. Online messages to the family may be contributed www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.