Weatherford Democrat

February 27, 2013

Olivia Higginbotham


Weatherford Democrat

— WEATHERFORD – Olivia Higginbotham, 96, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Weatherford.

Service is 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at First Baptist Church of Carrollton. Dr. Mark Forrest will officiate. Interment will be at Hilltop Memorial Park, 1810 N. Perry Road, in Carrollton. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at White’s Funeral Home.

Olivia Dru Higginbotham was born March 19, 1916, in Fort Worth, daughter of the late Henry Thomas and Dru Manire Allen. She married Rufus Lee Higginbotham, in Pampa, where they began their life together, on July 7, 1937. Olivia lived in Farmers Branch for 40 years prior to moving to Weatherford in 2006. She made her career in the school annual department at Taylor Publishing Company and retired after many years of dedicated service.

Olivia was a member of First Baptist Church of Carrollton from 1965 to 2010, where her mother was also a member. Most recently, Olivia was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury. She loved to read her Bible daily.

Survivors include son, Jerry Higginbotham, of Bonham; daughters, Nancy Boykin, of Granbury, and Linda Murdock, of Weatherford; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita Henry Higgins, of Carrollton; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, friends and church family.

Olivia was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Lee Higginbotham, on Feb. 11, 1997; a daughter, Myrna Sue Beavers; her parents; sisters, Lucy Sweeny and Opal Gilmore; and brothers, Cebe Allen, Ira Allen, Houston Allen and Louis Allen.

White’s Funeral Home