Patricia Donovan Higley

PATRICIA “PAT” DONOVAN is the daughter of Martin and Frances Weaver Donovan. She was born on April 28, 1931, and grew up in Lansing, Michigan.

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She married Richard Higley. They had seven children:

  • Thomas Higley
  • Anne Higley Benson
  • David Higley
  • Kathleen Higley
  • Gerald Higley, stillborn
  • James Higley
  • John Higley

Pat passed away on her 83rd birthday, Monday, April 28, 2014. Richard passed away on March 19, 2020.

Patricia “Pat” Donovan Higley’s obituary:

Patricia (“Pat”) Higley, born in Bernard, Iowa, to Martin A. and Frances Weaver Donovan, passed away on her 83rd birthday, Monday, April 28, 2014.

Pat is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard E. Higley; her six children, Tom, Anne, David, Kathy, Jim, and John, 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

She grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and taught voice, conducted choirs and was a soprano soloist in churches throughout Michigan, including those in Alpena, Saginaw, Spring Lake and Lansing.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, 12:00 noon, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish with Rev. Fr. John Byers as celebrant. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt Chapel and Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A rosary will be prayed Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those wishing to make contributions in her memory can send donations to the Work of Christ Community, Mother Teresa House (residential hospice), or to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church to benefit music and liturgy programming. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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