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Michelle D’Anne Higgins
  • April 13, 1956
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  • March 22, 2022

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Obituary

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Michelle D’Anne Higgins of the Hacienda South community passed away peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side.  She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Jim Higgins; daughter Katie (Chris) Ennis; son Michael Masson; brother Jeff (Cindy) Bryan; and their three children; mother-in-law Millie Higgins; brother-in-law Steve Higgins; and sister-in-law Cindy Higgins.  She was preceded in death by her mother Julia Bryan; brother Michael Bryan; and father-in-law Dick Higgins.

Michelle treasured spending time with her family and friends, bowling with her husband, playing poker with her girlfriends, and cruising around the Caribbean and Mediterranean. She was a lover of Hallmark movies, an avid reader, and an extremely generous philanthropist. She spent her career as an Executive Assistant with RTI International, an Independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.

Although Michelle only spent the past few years in The Villages, she quickly grew to adopt and love the spirit of The Villages and it’s residents. So much so, that she became the Vice President of the South & West Hacienda Women’s Club and was nominated to become the President of the Club, prior to her diagnoses. She previously held positions with the same organization, as the Women’s Club Charity Chair, and the Friday Golf Chair.

Words cannot express the extraordinary love and exuberance she had for life, the love of her family, and dedication to making the world a better place. She will forever be missed.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, in her memory.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959.  Sentiments may be left online at www.baldwincremation.com.


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    25 May 2022
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    18 May 2022
    Lit since May 18, 2022 at 5:55:02 PM

  3. Pia MacDonald says:
    18 May 2022
    I am so sorry you have lost Michelle. I met Michelle on my first day at RTI over 7 years ago. She welcomed me warmly and helped me readily until she retired. Her smile and positive attitude was wonderful as was her unflappability with problems large and small. She was a wonderful colleague at RTI. With much sympathy, Pia

  4. Aurelia Fedenisn says:
    17 May 2022
    I am sad to hear of Michelle's passing. I enjoyed attending meetings with her and found her to be such an enjoyable person to work with. My condolences to her family - she will be missed.

  5. Clay Thaxton lit a candle:
    16 May 2022
    Lit since May 16, 2022 at 5:23:23 AM

  6. Amy Turner lit a candle:
    11 May 2022
    Lit since May 11, 2022 at 5:20:54 PM

  7. Heather Farr says:
    11 May 2022
    I worked with Michelle for many years at RTI. I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Michelle's friends and family during this most difficult time.

  8. Heather Farr lit a candle:
    11 May 2022
    Lit since May 11, 2022 at 5:15:12 AM

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    11 May 2022
    Lit since May 11, 2022 at 5:47:50 AM

  10. RaMona Clayton says:
    11 May 2022
    My deepest condolences to Michelle's family. She was my first interaction at RTI as a contractor 17 years ago. She will be missed!

  11. Paula Groulx lit a candle:
    11 May 2022
    Lit since May 11, 2022 at 5:54:13 AM

  12. Alex Greene says:
    10 May 2022
    I worked with Michelle at RTI when I first arrived 15 years ago. She was always a hard worker who always had a smile in her face, such a bubbly personality! Condolences to the family.

  13. Bruce Harvey says:
    15 Apr 2022
    Michelle was a cherished RTI colleague for years. Beyond her professionalism, and being a great planner of events big and small, she lit up the room when she walked in. Always a smile, a laugh, a great sense of humor! My heartfelt condolences to her family!

  14. Dennis Naugle says:
    15 Apr 2022
    Michelle worked for me for years at RTI. She was uniquely competent, liked by all, always had a smile, and brightened everyone's day. She left us too soon.

  15. Cindy Seifer says:
    14 Apr 2022
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Michelle. I worked with her at RTI for many years. We spent a lot of lunch hours in the RTI cafeteria solving the world's problems :) And had a mutual love of Mustangs! RIP Michelle.

  16. Cindy Seifer lit a candle:
    14 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 14, 2022 at 4:52:56 AM

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    13 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 13, 2022 at 4:33:39 PM

  18. Grace Purtell says:
    13 Apr 2022
    I bowled with Michelle in Cary and we had so much fun. Prayers to the family

  19. Lisa Greene says:
    12 Apr 2022
    I worked with Michelle at RTI and have many wonderful memories of her. She was a warm and wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss. - Lisa Greene, Durham, NC

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    12 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 12, 2022 at 4:51:28 AM

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    01 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 1, 2022 at 4:58:12 PM

  24. Greg Higgins lit a candle:
    01 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 1, 2022 at 4:13:56 AM

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    01 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 1, 2022 at 4:12:40 AM

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    30 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 30, 2022 at 3:43:44 PM

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    29 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 29, 2022 at 3:27:49 PM

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    29 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 29, 2022 at 3:54:17 PM

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    29 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 29, 2022 at 3:05:44 PM

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    29 Mar 2022
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    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:57:59 PM

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    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:49:41 AM

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    27 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 27, 2022 at 3:13:18 PM

  34. Steve & Cindy Higgins lit a candle:
    27 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 27, 2022 at 3:02:57 PM

  35. Ben Higgins lit a candle:
    27 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 27, 2022 at 3:55:21 PM

  36. Joan Beeman says:
    27 Mar 2022
    Dear Jim, Chris, Michael and family, Bruce and I send our deepest condolences to you. Michelle was a truly a beautiful person, inside and out. She is an angel whose gentle spirit will always be with you!!!

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    27 Mar 2022
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