Beverly Sue Bev Higgins, 69, of Mount Carmel, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, with her loving family by her side. Bev was born on June 16, 1947 in Edwards County, the daughter of Merrel J. and Lucille (Marx) Strine.

Bev married Charles Higgins on Sept. 17, 1970 in Olney, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 2005.  

Bev was a loving mother, grandmother, sweet and faithful friend to many.    She spent her time ministering from home by sharing uplifting words and scriptures and friendly phone calls.

The only One she loved more than her children and grandchildren was Jesus.   She enjoyed reading, studying God’s Word and watching her grandchildren grow up. Bev was a devoted Christian who grew up in the faith and regularly attended First Baptist Church in Mount Carmel.

She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Bev will be remembered by her four daughters, Diane (Shane) Whetstone of Mount Carmel, Donna (Kevin) Cundiff of Mount Carmel, Denise (Alex) Grayes of Franklin, Tennessee and Debra Higgins of Orlando, Florida; six dearly loved grandchildren, Nicholas Whetstone, Michael Critchfield, Jacob Whetstone, Christopher Whetstone, Alexandra Grayes and Elizabeth Grayes; brothers, William (Kathy) Strine and James (Kelley) Strine both of West Salem; sister, Joanne (Bruce) Stikkers of St. Joseph, Illinois; two especially dear cousins, Jerry and Dan Strine; one  special aunt, Carole Biehl; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Charles Higgins.

Family and friends are invited to gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Freels officiating. Burial will follow at Lick Prairie Cemetery in Wabash County.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bev’s memory to Multiple Sclerosis Association 909 S. Kenmore Drive, Evansville, IN 47714-7514.  Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 N. Cherry St., Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Bev’s tribute wall and leave online condolences and order flowers for the Higgins’ family, please visit www.KeepesFuneralHome.com.

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