Carolyn Ann Higgins


Carolyn Ann Higgins, 82, of Fairfield, died Aug.  13, 2009, at the Jefferson County Hospital.

Funeral Mass was held Aug.  17, 2009, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fairfield. Father Stephen Page officiated. Visitation was Aug. 16 at the Raymond Funeral Home, Fairfield. A private family interment will take place at Keokuk National Cemetery Aug. 19. Condolences may be sent to the family at 

 Carolyn Ann Muscarelli was born October 22, 1926, at Norristown, Penn. She was the daughter of Harry and Ann Sabre Muscarelli. She graduated from high school in Norristown. Carolyn attended nursing school and then joined the Army. She attained the rank of First Lieutenant, serving in the Army  from October 1950 to January 1953. She was stationed in Germany where she met James Higgins. They were married April 19, 1952, in Germany. They moved to Mount Pleasant in 1955 and then to Fairfield in 1966. She attended Parsons College for four years and received her teaching degree. She worked at the Ottumwa Hospital, Henry County Hospital and the Jefferson County Hospital. She also taught nursing at Indian Hills Community College for 14 years, retiring in 1987. 

 Survivors include her husband James of Fairfield; four sons, James of Atlanta, Ga.; Robert of Fairfield; Garry of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Eddie of  Ocala, Fla.; two daughters, Cathy Morell of Baltimore; Ann Hanshaw of Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Elizabeth Rodenbaugh of Plymouth Meeting, Penn.; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


 She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Marie Michner, Theresa Burnett, Catherine McCaughan and one brother, Harry Muscarelli.

 A memorial fund has been established.  

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