Darlene “Dar” A. Higby

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died March 24th, 2019

Darlene A. “Dar” Higby, 78, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday morning, March 24, 2019 at her home.

She was born on August 8, 1940 in Manistique, MI, daughter of John E. “Jack” and Audella “Della” (Richards) Denny.

Darlene attended Manistique area schools.

On October 17, 1959, Darlene married George Higby in Munising.  He preceded her in death on December 19, 1971.

In 1972, Darlene moved to Detroit where she worked for Mayco International until her retirement in 2006.  Following her retirement, she resided in Escanaba.

Darlene enjoyed reading, especially biography books and the Daily Press.  She loved to color and watch T.V., especially her favorite shows including Gold Rush, American Pickers and any cooking show.  Every July she enjoyed attending the Richards family reunion.

Among survivors include her siblings, Jacqueline (William) Perkins of Naubinway, Patrick (Sandy) Denny of Traverse City, Barbara Denny of Escanaba and Larry (Kristine) Denny of Interlochen, MI; 6 nephews, 18 nieces, 9 great nieces, 8 great nephews and many cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, George, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Christopher Perkins and niece, Melissa Perkins.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique.

Memorials in Darlene’s name may be directed to the Delta County Cancer Alliance, 3430 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

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3 Tributes to “Darlene “Dar” A. Higby”

  1. Sorry for your loss, Barb..may you know she is no longer suffering and in a better place, reuniting with loved ones. our sympathy to the family.

  2. To Jaqueline, Pat, Barbara and Larry,
    We lived in each others backyards and were like brothers and sisters. We weren’t always nice to each other, but Pat and I were best buddies in spite of myself. We loved the woods. Darlene was like a sister as was Jacqueline. I only saw these 2 sisters 1 time each in the last 60 years. I stopped at Jacqueline’s home while traveling to lower Michigan a number of years ago and Darlene attended my dad’s funeral where I got to visit her and apologize for my childhood meanness. She was very forgiving and said something like “I looked different than the other kids because I wore glasses. Sorry you lost her, but we aren’t young — I’m 78. If any of you get up here near Dollar Bay, look me and my wife Annette up (David H. Carlson 906-281-0919). Would really be nice to see Pat again especially.

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