Geraldine “Gerry” <I>Phillips</I> Higgins

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Geraldine “Gerry” Phillips Higgins

Birth
Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA
Death
23 Mar 2023 (aged 83)
Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA
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Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA Add to Map
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Geraldine (Gerry) Phillips Higgins, a longtime resident of Anniston, AL passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 23, at the age of 83. She was laid to rest next to her parents in Anniston Memorial Gardens.

Geraldine was born on April 19, 1939, in Anniston, Alabama, the daughter of Walter and Grace Phillips. Before she began school, her family moved to the white house on the hill overlooking Leatherwood Baptist Church where she grew up with her twin sister Ethelene. She attended Alexandria High School and was voted Best in Sports by her classmates. She was also a member of the Annual Staff and FBLA.

While in high school, she met the love of her life, Travis Gray Higgins. The date was setup by her lifelong friend Bernice. Geraldine and Travis were married by Rev. John L. Doss, Sr., the grandfather of her husband, on June 14, 1957. In that same year, their first child was born, proceeded with the birth of two more sons. While raising her family, Geraldine worked in administration at Blue Mountain Industries, Lee Brass, and then for 20 years in the Purchasing Department of RMC Hospital in Anniston until her retirement in 2002. Known by her many friends as Gerry, she loved them all and especially enjoyed playing for many years with her teammates on the hospital bowling team.

In her younger years, she was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church and in her golden years, enjoyed attending service and active involvement with the Keenagers at Wellington First Baptist Church.

Everyone who had the pleasure of working, bowling, or meeting Gerry knew her as a loving and generous lady with a kind heart and a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh and often laughed hardily when telling a story or remembering something humorous about you. She also loved to laugh at herself and her shortcomings.

Geraldine loved her family, her husband of 65 years, and her three sons. She and Travis enjoyed playing cards after church with her sister-in-law and husband, Jeanette & Kerry. She also loved her flowers and camellias that she grew in her big front yard on Cave Road.

Gerry was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing many delicious meals for her family, especially during the holidays. She insisted on doing it all at her house and nobody seemed to mind. She made the best banana pudding and would often bring a big bowl of it to church and family functions.

In her later years, she enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching the birds and critters. She was always generous with her love and had the best bear hug of all mommas. Although her back pain and dementia got the best of her in her late years, she still showed her love with her sparkling eyes and brilliant smile.

Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Grace Phillips. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Travis, and her three sons, Tracy (Ann), Tony, and Tommy; grandchildren M. Landon (Nicole), Tonya, Kinley, and Trey Higgins; great-grandchildren Michael, Nicholas, and Anastasia Higgins; sister Ethelene (Tommy) Calhoun; sister-in-law Jeanette (Kerry) Kilgore. Gerry had a full, rich life and left a legacy in the lives of her family and friends who loved her and will miss her loving and laughing nature very much. Rest in Peace Maw-Maw Gerry.
Geraldine (Gerry) Phillips Higgins, a longtime resident of Anniston, AL passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 23, at the age of 83. She was laid to rest next to her parents in Anniston Memorial Gardens.

Geraldine was born on April 19, 1939, in Anniston, Alabama, the daughter of Walter and Grace Phillips. Before she began school, her family moved to the white house on the hill overlooking Leatherwood Baptist Church where she grew up with her twin sister Ethelene. She attended Alexandria High School and was voted Best in Sports by her classmates. She was also a member of the Annual Staff and FBLA.

While in high school, she met the love of her life, Travis Gray Higgins. The date was setup by her lifelong friend Bernice. Geraldine and Travis were married by Rev. John L. Doss, Sr., the grandfather of her husband, on June 14, 1957. In that same year, their first child was born, proceeded with the birth of two more sons. While raising her family, Geraldine worked in administration at Blue Mountain Industries, Lee Brass, and then for 20 years in the Purchasing Department of RMC Hospital in Anniston until her retirement in 2002. Known by her many friends as Gerry, she loved them all and especially enjoyed playing for many years with her teammates on the hospital bowling team.

In her younger years, she was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church and in her golden years, enjoyed attending service and active involvement with the Keenagers at Wellington First Baptist Church.

Everyone who had the pleasure of working, bowling, or meeting Gerry knew her as a loving and generous lady with a kind heart and a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh and often laughed hardily when telling a story or remembering something humorous about you. She also loved to laugh at herself and her shortcomings.

Geraldine loved her family, her husband of 65 years, and her three sons. She and Travis enjoyed playing cards after church with her sister-in-law and husband, Jeanette & Kerry. She also loved her flowers and camellias that she grew in her big front yard on Cave Road.

Gerry was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing many delicious meals for her family, especially during the holidays. She insisted on doing it all at her house and nobody seemed to mind. She made the best banana pudding and would often bring a big bowl of it to church and family functions.

In her later years, she enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching the birds and critters. She was always generous with her love and had the best bear hug of all mommas. Although her back pain and dementia got the best of her in her late years, she still showed her love with her sparkling eyes and brilliant smile.

Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Grace Phillips. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Travis, and her three sons, Tracy (Ann), Tony, and Tommy; grandchildren M. Landon (Nicole), Tonya, Kinley, and Trey Higgins; great-grandchildren Michael, Nicholas, and Anastasia Higgins; sister Ethelene (Tommy) Calhoun; sister-in-law Jeanette (Kerry) Kilgore. Gerry had a full, rich life and left a legacy in the lives of her family and friends who loved her and will miss her loving and laughing nature very much. Rest in Peace Maw-Maw Gerry.

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Married 65 Years. The three flower blossoms below her name represent her three children.



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