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The Carthage Press
  • Opal Lucille Higginbotham

  • Opal Lucille Higginbotham, age 82, peacefully passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at her home after a long illness.

    Lucille was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Ponca, Ark. to the late Robert and Geneva George Jackson. Her family moved to Joplin when she was a child and she remained a lifelong Joplin resident.
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  • Opal Lucille Higginbotham, age 82, peacefully passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at her home after a long illness.
    Lucille was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Ponca, Ark. to the late Robert and Geneva George Jackson.  Her family moved to Joplin when she was a child and she remained a lifelong Joplin resident.
    Lucille married John W. Orton in 1948.  They had two sons, Richard and David.  John died in 2009.
    Lucille married John W. Higginbotham, Sr. in 1971.  They owned and operated Higginbotham Jewelers in Joplin until their retirement and his death in 1992.
    She was a member since 1951 and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.  She attended First Community Church of Joplin.
    Lucille is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three brothers, Howard Jackson, Layton Jackson and Bill Custis.
    She is survived by her brother, James Hamilton, Prairie Grove, Ark.; two sons, Richard Noble Orton, New York City, New York, David Scott Orton, Joplin; many nieces and nephews and her best friend, Berniece Matchell and her family. 
    Lucille loved her family and her home.
     She will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.
    Graveside services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Parker Mortuary.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, in care of Parker Mortuary.

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