With love, pride, and deep sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved mother, Joan I. Higgins, who died November 7, 2018 following a rich and happy life. Joan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her three children, at Agnes Pratt Nursing Home in St. John’s.
Joan is predeceased by her husband, Brian E. Higgins; her parents, Anthony R. Evans and Emmie E. (Brushett); her brother Robert L. Evans and sister-in-law Madeline M. (O’Mara); and her special friend, Frank B. Rossiter. Leaving to mourn are Joan’s children James Higgins (Lisa), Brian Higgins, and Kathryn Richards; her grandchildren Robert Richards, Lauryn Richards and Samantha Higgins; and great grandchild Iris Richards. Joan will also be remembered by her nephew A. Robert Evans (Linda), extended family on both sides of the Higgins and Evans families, and a warm circle of many, many friends and acquaintances over the years.
Joan was born to Newfoundland parents in St. John, NB and grew up a proud Newfoundlander in St. John’s from early childhood. Joan studied nursing at the General Hospital and became a Registered Nurse during the war. She served the nursing community in many capacities over her thirty plus year career, from the operating room to administration. When she retired, Joan was an administrative supervisor at the former Grace General Hospital.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the dedicated medical and nursing staff at Agnes Pratt and, in particular, the AP Stella Burry Place team, for their unwavering, thoughtful and attentive care.
Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A funeral mass will be held at St. Pius X Church, Smithville Crescent, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM. The family will hold private interment at a later date. Flowers gratefully accepted; or, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to The Agnes Pratt Home Foundation.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
View on Map