Helen Jeanette Higginbotham

Helen Jeanette Higginbotham, age 94 of Pocahontas, IL, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT.

She was born January 02, 1919, in Hillsboro, IL, the daughter of William Jerome and Irene Temple (nee Sammons) McNatt.

On March 26, 1945, she married Fredrick Charles Higginbotham who preceeded her in death on April 27, 1973.

She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

She was born in Hillsboro, IL and a graduate of Odessa High School in 1937. She started her working career as a true “Rosie the Riveter” in Kansas City, KS at a munitions factory during World War II. She later worked, for most of her career at Basler Electric in Highland, IL. She and her husband lived in Pocahontas from 1946 to 1993, when she moved to St. Charles, IL, and later to Southbury, CT, to be near her daughter. Helen loved to be surrounded by her family and friends. She was always ready for a hug and took comfort in Bible Study and her Faith.

Survivors include :

Daughter – Gay Lynn Maise, Stamford, CT

Granddaughter – Megan Jean Maise, Brooklyn, NY

Nieces and Nephews – Many .

Great Nieces & Nephews – Many .

She was preceded in death by :

Father – William Jerome McNatt

Mother – Irene Temple McNatt nee Sammons

Husband – Fredrick Charles Higginbotham

Brother – William L. McNatt

Sister – Barbara Gunzel

Sister Joan McNatt

Brother – Jerome McNatt

Son In-law – Kenneth Maise

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, with Rev. James F. Ritter L.C.M.S. officiating.

Interment will be at Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas, IL.