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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Phyllis Ann Higbee

  • Phyllis Ann Higbee went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 17, 2012. She was born August 1933, in Pampa, Texas, to Ralph William and Florence Rebecca Cain.
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  • Phyllis Ann Higbee went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 17, 2012. She was born August 1933, in Pampa, Texas, to Ralph William and Florence Rebecca Cain.
    At six weeks of age, her family moved to Topeka, Kansas. Phyllis enjoyed competing for top grades and playing saxophone while attending Topeka High School, then attended Washburn University for one year.
    In 1952, she met a handsome Air Force service man, O.P. Higbee, at church and they were married in September of that year. The Higbees were blessed with three daughters and traveled throughout Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming during Mr. Higbee's employment, but finally settled in Ardmore in 1962.
    Phyllis worked for many years for Ardmore Schools, using her cooking talents first at Franklin Elementary and later as head cook at Ardmore High School. Phyllis often adapted her own home recipes to feed the lucky students and teachers. Her family and friends were the grateful recipients of her wonderful food. Friends in joy or sorrow were frequently gifted with meals from her generous hands. Mrs. Higbee was also an accomplished seamstress, having sewn matching dresses for three little daughters, and continued to sew for grandchildren and recently for a little great-grandson.
    O.P. and Phyllis were loving parents, providing a life of fun and discipline for their girls. Phyllis was always ready with "Do Better" talks in response to any misbehavior she had heard of. Naturally these were appreciated many years after their delivery. She taught Bible lessons at home to her own girls, as well as in children's classes at the Church of Christ. She lived and modeled the principles she taught.
    Phyllis was an avid fan of the newspaper, often amused by interesting items in the wedding section and obituaries. She loved traveling and visiting with her friends and family. Countless hours were spent attending the school events of her grandchildren during her retirement years. Always a fan of marching bands, she loved to catch the OU band whenever they stopped in Ardmore on their way to Texas. She was cheerful, optimistic and studiously avoided the words "tired" or "bored". She was a devoted wife for 57 years until the death of her beloved husband in 2009.
    Phyllis Higbee was also preceded in death by her parents; her older brother, Cloyde William; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
    She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Hunter of Granbury, Texas, Kristy Pullin and husband, Larry of Ardmore, and Linda Elliott and husband, Tom of Garland, Texas. Grandchildren are Carissa Merrifield and husband, Johnny, Michael Hunter, Leslee Madrid and husband, Jose, Molly Pullin, Steven Elliott and Timothy Pullin; and by her new great-grandson, David Elliott Madrid. Her brother, Paul Robert Cain and wife, Frieda of Topeka, Kansas, cousins, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and dearly loved members of her church family mourn her passing.
    Page 2 of 2 - Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."
    The family had a private service under the direction of Craddock Funeral Home & Cremation
    Services. Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.
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