Carol Ann Higgins, 77: Avid craftswoman, loved to swim

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FREEPORT — Carol Ann Higgins, 77, died at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick on March 29, following a long illness. Her children were by her side.

She was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Calais, the eldest of three daughters born to Charles and Mabel Redding. Her family moved to Belfast, where she lived until the age of 13, when they returned to Calais. She graduated in 1955 from Woodland High School and married Paul Higgins on June 1, 1957. Originally a bookkeeper, the couple owned Sunrise Trustworthy Hardware in Woodland. Later, they lived in Gorham, N.H., and then Poland, until his death in 2001. 

An avid craftswoman, Higgins owned a knitting business and label, Mt. Irish, and produced custom knits for ski areas and fine sweaters, one worn by Bill Cosby on the “Cosby Show.” She loved to swim and enjoyed summers at Big Lake for many years. She was a devoted mother, and grandmother who loved to cook and spend time with her family. She read constantly and shared hundreds of books over the years with libraries, nursing homes and hospitals. She was a great card player.

She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years; and a sister, Sandra Blaney, in 2013. 

She is survived by her sister, Janice Lea Redding and her son, Charles, of Cooper; daughter, Dacia Klinkerch and husband, Ed, granddaughter, Anna, and grandson, Victor, all of Raymond; son, Don Higgins and wife, Kathy and granddaughter, Keighley, of Brunswick; and brother-in-law, Gerald Blaney, of Woodland.

Visiting hours were held April 5 at Stetson’s Funeral Home, Brunswick, where a memorial service followed. 

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