A message from Steven Higgins to the AGG community:
I desperately wish that there was some way to soften the next sentence, but there isn't. Mary Clerkin Higgins died at 4:30 this Christmas morning, after a four year struggle with breast cancer. The disease laid siege to her body and never let go. Mary withstood surgeries, chemotherapies, radiations (once, to her whole brain), aggressive infusion and injection therapies that weakened her in body and spirit, and the indignities of having that body betray her in trying to do the most basic, everyday things. Even so, she persevered in the hope that, ultimately, she would have more time. I suppose that she did manage to bargain a few extra years out of the universe. But after sickening gradually, she left suddenly. She was admitted to the hospital on Monday night, suffering from the terrible side-effects of her latest round of drugs, only to be told that she required emergency surgery to remove a dying part of her bowel. Her compromised system couldn't handle the stress and, after three days in intensive care trying to stabilize and strengthen her, she died peacefully and without pain.
Many of you knew and loved Mary in your own unique way and will miss her terribly. She was my dearest, closest friend for forty-six years. I just never imagined that nearly half a century wouldn't be enough time.
There will be no wake or service, and Mary and I long ago agreed to a private spreading of our ashes at a later date. However, she always said (with a little smile) that she wouldn't object if people wanted to gather and have a small party of some sort, after the sadness had passed a bit. So on this Christmas Day, I would urge you at dinner to raise a glass in her honor. Celebrate her life.
Last edited on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 08:24 pm by Krueger
In the near future will be an announcement of a "memorial" for Mary Clerkin Higgins.......her passing is a real shock for those who knew her.....Mary was very astute in designing her own glass, and in commenting on the designs of others......she will be MISSED!!!!!