OBITUARY

Leona "Lee" Rae (Wade) Higgins

November 3, 1939April 15, 2021

Leona “Lee” Rae (Wade) Higgins passed peacefully in her sleep at home with her kitty by her side on April 15, 2021 in San Diego, CA at the age of 81.

Lee was born at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco on November 3, 1939 to Kenneth Sayre and Iona Rae (Paul) Wade while her father was stationed at Hamilton Field as a young pilot in the Army Air Corps. She graduated from San Diego High School, Class of `57 and married Richard “Dick” Armstrong Higgins in 1958 and had two children.

Lee became an owner of Automation General, Inc. in 1970, where she was the primary financial official for 40 years.

Always engaging in interests to explore, Lee enjoyed sports and played in many softball and bowling leagues throughout her adult years. Other interests included playing the organ, as her father did, and learning American Sign Language and German. She was also a “Car Guy,” attending the Car Show each year when it came to San Diego. Her collection of pre-WWII era model cars was something to behold!

Leadership and being of service are themes of her life. Lee was a Job’s Daughter in her teens and was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star, Harbor Lights Chapter, joining her mother, Iona, and grandmother, Vida Rae Paul. Lee earned her 50-year member of the Order and was Worthy Matron of Harbor Lights in 2017. Lee was also a member of Toastmasters, delivering many lively speeches and holding many officer positions as part of the PredOrators club and was Area 8 Director as of her passing.

Lee will be remembered for being a presence within the multitude of communities in which she actively participated.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Paul Hagerty, of Carlsbad, CA, grandsons Kevin and Kyle Hagerty, and great-granddaughter, Peyton Hagerty. She is preceded in death by her son, Richard Alfred Higgins and sister, Bonnie Kay Nickeson.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 with reception immediately following at 11:00 am. A committal will occur Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM. All events will be held at El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121.

For those who are unable to attend, there the service will be livestreamed. The link is available on this website by scrolling down to the Memorial Service and clicking on “JOIN LIVESTREAM”.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sorrentovalleychapel.com for the family.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
22 June

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley

5600 Carroll Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

22 June

Committal

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley

5600 Carroll Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

22 June

Reception

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley

5600 Carroll Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

Memories

Leona "Lee" Rae (Wade) Higgins

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NANCY WOODS

April 26, 2021

To Lee's family,
I cannot tell you how sad I am to hear of your loss of our dear Lee. She is my oldest friend, since we were 18-months old. Longer than either of us remember. We lived across the street from one another on Stephens St. When we were about 4, we played beauty shop. I cut off one of her curls. Her dear mother was so mad at me, and rightly so. We were restricted from playing together for a while, so we took our dolls out to the curb and played together from across the street. Thankfully the restriction didn't last, but our friendship has despite of many family moves due to the military. I know how much you will miss Lee, as I know how much I will miss her. She has been my right hand in support of our high school reunions, as well as such a faithful friend. I just love her. nan

Betsy Kohler-Flores

April 21, 2021

To Diana, Kevin, Kyle and Family,

Ben and I send our deepest condolences in the loss of Lee. We hope the many memories you have of her will turn your sadness into smiles. Photo is of our Automation General Inc. league - many years of fun and events!

Sending prayers of comfort,
Benny, Betsy and Benjamin Flores

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