Patricia Arlene Higgins

Patricia Arlene Higgins

Patricia Mayhew Higgins Obituary

September 30, 1940 – January 18, 2020

Patricia A Mayhew Higgins passed away Saturday at the age of 79. Patricia was born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, and lived in the greater Princeton area her entire life, until retiring to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2010.

Patricia was the daughter of Ashby Oakes and Marjorie V Mayhew, who retired from Princeton Junction to Hurt, Virginia. Patricia is predeceased by her parents, her beloved grandson Brandon William Keith and her Brother in Law, Robert E Kemp I.

Patricia spent nearly her entire career of more than 40 years as a legal secretary and office manager for a law firm in Princeton, McCarthy and Schatzman. From 1982 to 1985, she worked in an appointed role at the New Jersey Department of Transportation under then Commissioner John Sheridan. She returned to work at the same law firm once that appointment ended. Once she retired and relocated to Myrtle Beach, she volunteered at the Myrtle Beach airport’s information desk.

Patricia’s real passion was for her family. She was a devoted and caring daughter to her parents, a loving and lifelong best friend to her sister, a wonderful mother to her children, and a protective and giving grandmother and great grandmother. She gave herself unselfishly to her extended family, gladly sacrificing to provide for those she loved. Patricia also loved the beach, and happily retired to Myrtle Beach to be close to her best friend and sister, Judy. She spent her retired days enjoying the company of her sister and continuing her loving care of her family and her beloved shih tzu, Mike.

Patricia is survived by her sister, Judy A Kemp, three children, Deborah Higgins of New Jersey, Thomas Higgins Jr and Donald Higgins of Florida; two grandchildren, Melissa Higgins of Myrtle Beach, SC and Kyle Higgins of New Jersey; 6 precious great grandchildren, Jordan, Alea, Annabelle, Aysia, Cassidee and Kadalia. She is also survived by her niece, Robbin Kemp Dean, her nephew, Robert E Kemp II, a close family friend, Steven Knachel, two great nieces and a great nephew.

Services for Patricia will be held at Zion United Methodist Church, 5380 E Gretna Road in Gretna, Virginia on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 am,  where Patricia will rest eternally near her parents and extended family.

Immediate family and close friends in Myrtle Beach will have a small beach side remembrance on Friday, January 24, 2020. Details will be communicated by the family directly. There will also be a Celebration of Patricia’s life in New Jersey, the details of which will be announced in the near future.

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Debbie Siorek
New Egypt, NJ
Created On: 02/12/2020 21:25:13

I just learned of Pat's passing. My deepest sympathies to her family. I worked with Pat for a long time at McCarthy and Schatzman until I left the firm. We had a lot of laughs over those years. She was a good friend and I was very glad to have known her. Again, my condolences.

Barbara Mayhew Hancock
Gretna, Va.
Created On: 01/24/2020 19:55:38

I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was such a lovely and kind lady. Praying for comfort for the whole family.

Stan & Judy Simpson
Hurt, Virginia
Created On: 01/23/2020 22:17:00

We are so sorry to hear of Pat's death. She was a wonderful, sweet person and we were blessed to have known her. Our deepest sympathy to Judy, Deborah, Tom, Don and all the family.

Julie Kauffmann
Saint Louis, MO
Created On: 01/23/2020 22:14:01

Dear Debbie - Sending you and your family my deepest sympathy. May the thoughts and prayers of everyone that was lucky enough to know your mom - bring you a measure of comfort now - and in the days ahead.

Kathy Mayhew
Hurt, VA
Created On: 01/21/2020 14:30:42

Tony and I just loved Pat! She always greeted us with a smile and hug. She was full of life and love. She will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her.

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