Marion Higgley, 89

Marion Jacqueline Higgley, 89, of Peru, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

Marion was born on Nov. 21, 1929, in Knox, to the late W.K. & Emma (Schultz Thompson) Delaplane.

Marion was a 1947 graduate of Wabash High School. Marion worked for 10 years, at General Telephone, as an operator. She also worked as a housewife and took care of her family.

Marion was a member, for over 50 years and served as Chaplin for over 20 years, at the VFW Auxiliary Post 286, where she was the oldest member. Marion was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, since 1930. 
Marion was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and she was also an avid fan of 105.9 The Bash Radio Show and of Wade Weaver, listening to his show faithfully every day.  She also listened to TV church services every Sunday morning. 

Marion is survived by son, Mark A. Higgley, of Marion; daughter, Celeste (Ross Gallimore) Howard, of Durant, Okla.; companion, Larry D. Gidley; four grandchildren, Matthew Jason Higgley, of Cudahy, Wis., Christi Marie (Todd) Bland, of Wabash, Thomas Barnes, III, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sara Jo Barnes, of Jacksonville, Fla; two great-grandchildren, Hayley and Joey Bland, of Wabash. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Berelson; three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash.  Dave Phillips will be the officiant.  Calling hours will be two hours prior to the funeral service starting at noon.

Preferred memorials are to the VFW Auxiliary Post 286, 1078 West Old 24, Wabash, IN 46992 or to the Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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Posted on 2019 May 28