Barbara Wilson Higgins

30 March, 19304 January, 2021

Barbara W. Higgins, 90, died on January 4, 2021. The family will hold a private service in the Memorial Garden at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.

A longtime Henrico County resident, Barbara was born on March 30, 1930 in Arlington, New Jersey. She was the daughter of the late James H. and Jean A. Wilson, and was predeceased by a brother, Robert J. Wilson.

Barbara and her family moved multiple times along the east coast to follow her father’s engineering work.

She attended Newark State Teachers College in Kearny, NJ, and taught Kindergarten in Barnwell, SC and in Newport News, VA. Barbara taught a newly formed preschool special education class, sponsored by the Richmond ARC, in a Quaker church. She stopped teaching to raise her family, and later resumed teaching 4th grade in the Oregon Hill district of Richmond for a couple of years.

During her years of raising a family, Barbara volunteered many hours with MCV Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Virginia Voice, and Scouting among others. A longstanding member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Barbara sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed gardening, playing piano, bird watching, and making a home for family and pets.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Edwin Stanley Higgins; a daughter, Elizabeth Plunkett (Ted) of Annandale, VA; a son, James Higgins (Cathy) of Bethesda, MD; a son, Glenn Higgins of St. Louis, MO; and four grandchildren, Bryan Plunkett of Roanoke, VA, Scott Plunkett (Susan) of Ashburn, VA, Matthew Higgins of Rockville, MD, and Emma Higgins of Baltimore, MD. She also leaves behind an array of cousins who were as dear and close to her as any siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Canterbury Foundation ( and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (


  • James H. and Jean A. Wilson, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert J. Wilson, Brother (deceased)
  • Edwin Stanley Higgins, Husband
  • Elizabeth Plunkett (Ted), Daughter
  • James Higgins (Cathy), Son
  • Glenn Higgins, Son
  • Bryan Plunkett, Scott Plunkett (Susan), Matthew Higgins and Emma Higgins, Grandchildren
  • numerous, Cousins


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Barbara Wilson Higgins

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Woody Coates

10 January 2021

Aunt Barbara was the best friend to my mom and the kindest friend to us kids. Sharing Christmas at the Higgins' home was always a treat growing up. " Lifesaver's Books"! We always looked forward to it.
God bless Uncle Stan, Beth, Jimmy and Glenn.

Carol Copple

8 January 2021

Barbara’s daughter, Beth, was my best friend growing up. I spent many hours at Beth’s house. Barbara always had a welcoming home designed for fun and play. I remember her showing us how to make molasses candy. The crayon/paper/art station always stocked and available to us. The little play house outside that she helped us decorate with curtains and furniture. I am so glad I knew Barbara and her wonderful family.