Diane Barchard Higgins

February 25, 1942July 7, 2018

Portland - Diane Barchard Higgins passed away at the age of 76 on July 7, 2018 at her home in Portland, Maine. Diane was born on February 25, 1942, in Hartford, Connecticut to the late Virginia Lorraine Barchard and the late Rex Wilson Barchard. She graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1960 and attended Chandler School for Women in Boston. She started a small home business and was known as The Village Seamstress. Having been in business for over 35 years, she built personal friendships with many of the 300 plus customers she had. Diane was preceded in death by her sisters whom she missed dearly; Linda B. Pyles and Sally Barchard, as well as her nephew John W. Pyles. She is survived by her daughters, Susan V. Chrobot and her husband Walter, Christine E. Brown, and Betsy L. St. Pierre and her husband Rob. Her brother in law John Pyles, niece Julie Howland, her husband Matthew and two children, and nephew James Pyles. Grandchildren, Christian DeVivo, Amanda Benge, Megan Gourley, Zoe Nylund, Samuel Brown, Conrad St. Pierre and five great grandchildren. Diane loved sewing, gardening, cooking, knitting and crocheting. She loved her home and it showed. She would often sit on her deck in the sun surrounded by beautiful flower boxes and watch the birds. People would stop to admire and comment on her gardens, where she spent countless hours. She shared her knowledge of gardening with many who learned from her. Having lived in Mussel Cove, Maine near the ocean, for many years, she couldn't get enough of the smell of salt air. She had many fond memories of family trips on her father's boat with her parents, sisters, and their families on Casco Bay. She loved spending the day at the beach. She was especially fond of Higgins Beach where she would go with her sister and their children. The Village Café was a favorite spot for family dinners. Her family was the center of her life and she was very proud of her daughters and their children. She will be remembered for many talents, vibrant smile, wit, enthusiasm, and little bit of mischief. Friends and family will gather for a private celebration. You may offer your condolences at


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Julie Howland

July 18, 2018

I have so many wonderfully fun memories of growing up together in our two-family house. I think I spent as much time on my side as I did with Aunt Diane and my cousins on their side. Aunt Diane was always the most amazing cook. Everything she made always looked so perfect! I don't know how she did it. I remember always requesting her cheesy potatoes for holidays and she would always make them. From our times at the beach, shopping, staying at the camp and going out to lunch....these are some of my most favorite childhood memories. It gives me peace knowing that Aunt Diane is back together with her sisters. Three of a kind for sure.

Betsy, Christine and Susie-- This statement is so true: When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. You are in my thoughts.

Rick O'Donnell

July 17, 2018

Diane is one of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. I worked with her many years ago at Maine National Banks. So sorry that I lost touch with her. Please know that she will be in m thoughts and prayers.

RIP Dearest Diane!

Love and condolence to your family.

Rick O'Donnell

Terry Roy

July 17, 2018

Dear Christine,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was truly a special person. Whenever I saw her she was always so cheerful and pleasant. Thinking of you and your family.



Judy Hill

July 17, 2018

We remember Diane's cheerfulness and lively spirit and send deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.
Judy Hill and John Shattuck

Dorothy Hill

July 17, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss and will remember Diane as a friend.
Dot Hill

Mark Kiefner

July 17, 2018

Dear Christine and Betsy,

I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I can tell you that I cried when I read her obituary today. She was such a sweet and kind person. Every time I saw her, no matter her difficulties, she had a great smile, a warm greeting, and an excitement about living that I just loved to see. It has been a great pleasure to know her. Also, I want to tell you that she was so lucky to have you both in her life. She appreciated you so much. Sadly, I don't have any way to make this loss any easier. I wish I did. I do hope that the passing of time, the good memories you have, and the love of family and friends will help mend your hearts.

With care,
Mark Kiefner