Marjorie Kathryn Cripe Higgins, 87, of the Spokane Valley died May 28, 2006, at home with family members by her side.
She was born Nov. 7, 1918, "up Callahan Creek" near Troy. Margy and her family moved to Indiana during part of her elementary years, returning to Troy when she was 12. She graduated from Troy High School in 1936.
Margy moved to Spokane where she attended Kinman Business School. It was then she met her husband, Charles "Chuck" Higgins. They married Sept. 29, 1940.
Margy worked as a secretary at Satori's Jewelry Store until their eldest son, Ronald Charles, was born in 1943. They later moved to Troy where Chuck and his brother, Harry, owned a Marshall Wells Store and Chuck had an insurance business.
While in Troy, their second son, Douglas Dean, was born. The family moved back to the Spokane Valley in 1958. Margy faithfully followed both sons in their interests - Ron in sports and Doug in music.
She worked at the Super Save Drug Store and Deaconess Hospital in the credit department but her true enjoyment was as head bookkeeper at Dodson's Jewelry where she worked for 23 years before retiring in 1967. After retiring she assisted Chuck appraising homes for several years.
Margy was a member of Eastern Star and Moose Lodge Ladies.
She and Chuck always had their home open and welcomed many family members and friends. Over the years, many of them lived with them when in need of a place to stay. They hosted an annual Satori's party at their home for all its employees. She loved her family, especially taking care of her grandchildren as often as she could and delighted in her great-grandchildren.
She and Chuck took several cruises and went dancing every chance possible. Margy loved dressing up and going out.
She lived with Ronald and Kay Lynn her last four years, which enabled her to do many things she loved. May friends and relatives visited with her during the past week. Going out to eat, enjoying the beautiful flowers Ron planted each year for her and spending time with special friends and relatives were her other highlights.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Bertha Cripe; brothers, Edwin, Ford and Robert Cripe; and her husband, Chuck.
She is survived by her two sons, Ronald Charles and wife Kay Lynn, of Spokane Valley, and Douglas Dean and wife, Janet, of Seattle; grandchildren, Joel, Stacy, Tyler, Lori, Mark, Jesse Andrew, Ann and Evan Higgins, and Tiffany and Jarrett Macanas; great-grandchildren Dylan, Madison, Austin, Emma, Ethan, Natalie, Hali, Trais, Troix, Isaac and Isaiah; sister-in-laws, Judy Boyer and Evelyn Mock; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Spokane Shriners Children Hospital where Chuck and Margy volunteered many hours for its fundraising events and their great-granddaughter, Emma, benefited.
A memorial service will be held at the Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m.