In Loving Memory of Reva Jane (Klinkhammer) Higley
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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.
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.