October 28, 1928 – December 13, 2020
Isabel B. Higgins, 92, of Leeds, MA, and formerly of Glastonbury, CT, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Linda Manor in Leeds. She was the widow of the late John Philip Higgins.
Born in Hartford, CT on October 28, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Isabel (Masack) Brennan. She graduated from Bristol Central High School and the University of Connecticut. She was active for many years in Hartford Audubon Society, Women’s Club of Glastonbury and Country Gardeners of Glastonbury. She traveled on birding trips to many distant places, including Trinidad, Belize, Labrador and Australia. She helped as an assistant Scout Master for Glastonbury Girl Scout Troop. Isabel loved the outdoors and had many wonderful years of birding, camping and canoeing with family and friends. She was an elementary school teacher in her professional life, and taught in Waterford and Wethersfield before settling down in Glastonbury at Hopewell School.
Isabel is survived by her three children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Higgins of Florence, MA, and her husband Douglas King, John W. Higgins and his wife Eileen of East Hampton, CT, and James Higgins and his wife Karin of Fort Collins, CO; six grandchildren, Jondahl Koonankeil, Shani Leader, Nathan Higgins, Iris Higgins, Laura Higgins and Grace King and thirteen great-grandchildren: Ileana Koonankeil, Delilah Koonankeil, Juliet Koonankeil, Malia Leader, Huxley Leader, Jamie Higgins, Micaela Higgins, Madeline Wein, Cameron Wein, Brennan Wein, Eila Hol King, Emmett Hol King and Olive Hol King.
Due to the current restrictions, memorial services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT 06118.
Donations may be made to the Hartford Audubon Society, PO Box 270207, West Hartford, CT 06127 or East Glastonbury Public Library, 1389 Neipsic Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033.
To leave a message for the family, please visit www.glastonburyfuneralhome.com
January 14, 2021
Dear family members,
My father, Fred Byrnes, worked with your father for many years and was also a friend and golf partner. I was fortunate to have played a few rounds with your Dad myself. It was fun to hear him identify all the birds on the course. He was a very nice man.
I never met your Mom, but I know my Dad was very fond of her also. I am sorry to learn of her passing. I'm sure they are sharing a laugh, and maybe a round of golf, in Heaven.
My sympathy and prayers to all of your family.
January 7, 2021
Dear Betsy and all,
I'm so sorry for your loss, and sorry that the pandemic prevents you from gathering as a family at this sad time.
May you all stay safe and well until that day comes.
January 6, 2021
I had Mrs. Higgins as my 3rd grade teacher in 1980. We did a project where we had to construct something to hold an ice cube and the person whose cube lasted the longest got to go out for ice cream with Mrs. Higgins. Jeremy Snyder and I won and had ice cream sundaes at Friendly's with Mrs. Higgins. I'm very sorry for your family's loss.