In Loving Memory of Reva Jane (Klinkhammer) Higley


Remembering Reva

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Reva Jane (Klinkhammer) Higley

August 15, 1927 - July 29, 2016

Reva Jane Higley, 88 years old, of Edwardsburg, Michigan passed to her rest on July 29, 2016, at the home of her daughter, Jane (Bruce) McCrory of Granger, Indiana, after a brief illness. She was born August 15, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Trussell) Klinkhammer, and had lived in Edwardsburg for many years.

Mrs. Higley was a retired kindergarten school teacher for the Edwardsburg Schools, having retired in 1986. She was a 'Host Parent' for Foreign Exchange students, a total of seven, who considered her as a second mom. She loved her children and she taught them to sing while she played the piano. She taught them about nature because of her love of the outdoors. She loved to hunt, work in her flower garden, and just travelling anywhere she wanted to go. She has been a faithful member of the Granger Missionary Church.

She was married to Donald J. Higley and together they had six children who survive: twin daughters, Deborah (Denny) Rerick of Cassopolis, Michigan and Diana Vermeulen of Edwardsburg, Susan (Jack) Rinehart of Edwardsburg, Jane Ellen (Bruce) McCrory of Granger, Dr. Dana Higley of Three Rivers, Michigan, and Craig (Paula) Higley of Nappanee, Indiana. There are 23 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She has one brother, Peter Albert Klinkhammer of Mountain View, Arkansas. Family who have passed are her parent and her husband, Donald J. Higley.

Reva, enjoying the Swiss alps, October 2015

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

I trusted in the LORD when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.”

What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the LORD- in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD.
— Psalm 116

After Reva's Memorial Service people attending were asked to write down memories of her for the family.

My first encounter with a very elegant woman... Such pride in her home, family and birds! She immediately took us on the tour of her beloved property and home. Then came the introduction to the parrots. It was a joy listening to her converse with the birds!! Enjoy all your beautiful memories! - Doc & Judy D.

I will remember Reva and her birds, how she loved them enough to care for them as she would a child. Also how she loved to deer hunt, her dogs, her log cabin and the outdoors. She was a great lady. - Virginia K.

What a blessed angel your mom was to me. She shared her home and her classroom with me for two years while in high school. I was able to watch her work her magic in the classroom. It was a great joy to me to share those 2 years with her. I was always welcomed at her home and felt able to call her mom. All my love to her family, find peace in her life now and forever. - Patty P.

I will always, always and forever remember her smile and her laugh. - Dyana H.