Muriel S. Higgins

March 2, 1926December 19, 2013

Muriel went to school in Orleans and was valedictorian of her senior class, delivering a speech on China (“and in those days you couldn’t use any notes”). After high school she worked briefly “Off Cape” in Boston until she married schoolmate Reginald, “Reggie” Higgins in 1945. They proceeded to raise 4 children, many animals and even a family of white tailed deer. Along with raising her family she worked side by side with her husband running Fullers Package Store and eventually built Hilltop Plaza in Orleans. Besides her family, Fullers Package Store(“The Store on The Hill”) was Muriel’s life. For 57 years she owned, managed and did the accounting for the store. She was a real people person. Her customers were more than customers- she loved them and they loved her. She answered to “Muriel”, “Mrs. Higgins”, “Mom”, “Ma’am”, and even “Mrs. Fuller”. However known, she was admired and thought highly of by everyone she knew. She was a mom and nana to many more children than her own and will be sadly missed by all. In the early years she sold her homemade barley pops at the store. Later she always had a dish full of her homemade fudge, rum balls, peanutbutter balls or other goodies on the counter for her customers. In the summer it was her homegrown vegetables. Muriel's talents were truly remarkable. She was an avid birdwatcher and always had a filled birdfeeder ready for hungry birds(“and those damned squirrels”). She knit and did needlepoint to perfection. Her “Christmas Stockings” are a cherished possession for all that own them. She worked tirelessly in her garden, swatting mosquitos and weeding, to produce lots of vegetables which she happily gave away. There were the dried flowers she grew and turned into beautiful arrangements. She cooked and preserved wonderful things. Her specialties were bread and butter pickles, mustard, relish, spaghetti sauce and beach plum jelly. Her grandchildren lived for her zucchini bread! For many years “a nice white haired lady in a red coat” could be seen powerwalking around her neighborhood, that was Muriel on her daily walk. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband to Aruba, and other warm spots with her friends Leslie, Sue and Chet. Once in a while she could even be seen in front of a quarter slot machine smiling happily. Muriel was 32 years a widow to her loving husband, Reg, whom she still missed every day. She is survived by sons Gary Higgins and longtime girlfriend Sue Clark of Brewster, Craig Higgins of Orleans, Glenn Higgins and longtime girlfriend Leslie Derrick of Orleans and daughter Cindy (Higgins) Brickley and husband George of Melrose MA. She was Nana to seven adoring grandchildren- Candy Auletto of PA, Duane Higgins of FL, Craig Higgins Jr. of London, and Sarah, George, Hannah and Charlie Brickley of Melrose MA; and 10 dear great grandchildren. She leaves behind cherished friends Anna, Barb, Judy and too many more to list here.


  • Graveside Service Monday, December 23, 2013

Muriel S. Higgins

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debbie demarais

January 8, 2014

so sorry to read this .. many fond memories of your Mom .. Debbie Demarais

Shelly Waite

December 29, 2013

Dear Craig and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love Shelly and Mike Waite

Sandy and Patrick Auletto

December 28, 2013

Candy: We are so sorry for your loss. We met her only once, but we were impressed with how kind and gentle and sweet and personable she was to us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Higgins family.

Mary Szucs

December 28, 2013

Dear Candy and Family,
Some of my fondest childhood memories were at your Nanas house swimming in the pool and eating the warm triscuts! Your Nana was one of THE sweetest people I ever knew. I am so sorry she is gone but am also happy she is with your grandfather once again. Much love to you.

Steven Davis

December 28, 2013

To all the Higgins family.. This passing of such a wonderful woman makes me very sad. I just learned of her passing this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, she will be missed. I will say a prayer tonight for you all and one for Mrs.H-,a great woman that I was blessed to be her pool and yard boy for two wonderful summers. Please let me know when you are having her celebration
Sincerely, Steve

MAMAYEk family

December 27, 2013

Cindy and family- we feel your loss. Pay tribute to her in grand memories and continued good deeds. She was a dear to all.

December 25, 2013

Dear Glen,
Thinking of you and your family at this time. We are sending our sympathy to you all and want you to know we are thinking of you. Your Mom was a lovely woman.

Brian and Meg Allard

December 24, 2013

My thoughts & well wishes to all members of the Higgins family as you celebrate the life of this wonderful woman. She graciously provided "insider" tips to Kent, on running a liquor store. He truly valued her advice, and was very fond of both Reggie & Muriel. Sincerely, Cheryl Newcomb

Wayne & Arlene Richardson

December 24, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Higgins family on the passing of you Mom and Grandma. She was a wonderful caring lady and I have many fond memories of her the earliest being when I was 4 years old. She and took care at me in her home when my brother Bob came along unexpectedly at home. Our love to you all.

Dion & Nancy Dugan

December 24, 2013

Dion has many fond memories of Muriel and family. Always a good time! More recently it was always great to see Muriel and her rumcake at the reggie higgins golf tournament when our son Johnathan was on the Nauset golf team! Our love and sympathy to the Higgins Family, Dion, Nancy, Johnathan, and Thomas Dugan P.s. Dion would love the rumcake recipe!