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Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

PEORIA - Mary "Jo Ellyn" Higgins, 54, of Peoria died at 3:52 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Born July 25, 1950, in Peoria to Clyde D. and Mary Jeanne Spillane Brown, she was raised by Joseph and Bernice Schuh. She married Daniel G. Higgins on June 28, 1975, in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Stacey (and Robert) Wharton of Peoria Heights; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a dental assistant for Dr. Davis' dental office in Peoria for four years and then owned and operated This and That Gift Shop in Peoria. She later worked and volunteered at the Arthritis Foundation in Peoria. She was a freelance poet.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria and was a former member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Peoria and its mother's club.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Church. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation will be 30 minutes before services at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Robert D. Wharton Education Fund for her grandson, in care of CEFCU.


My Mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things.
That gave my life it's start.

She turned me to the sunshine
And encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem...

And when the winds and rain came,
She protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example
Always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
That will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.

I Love You Mom and Miss You each and every day.  ~Stacey Kathleen


Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue

Lovely Lady dressed in blue teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy, tell me what to say!

Did you lift Him up, sometimes, gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way Mother does to me?

Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?

Do you really think He cares if I tell Him things-
little things that happen?
And do the Angels' wings make a noise?
And can He hear me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now?
tell me - for you know?
Lovely Lady dressed in blue teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy, and you know the way.


Click here to see Mary Higgins's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Love is Everlasting   / Amy Rennie (Stacey's Friend )
Stacey--I understand what it is like to lose someone to suicide, as I lost one of my very best friends, who my first son is named after.  I also understand what it is to lose a family member you love more than anything in the world, as I lost my...  Continue >>
Your legacy!   / Janet Baird (friend)
My heartfelt condolences to you, Dan and the rest of Joellyn's family.This is a beautiful tribute page to a lady I loved and respected.  Joellyn, I see you in Stacey's beautiful brown eyes, her joy in becoming a mother again.  You...  Continue >>
Letter to Mom-Read at her Funeral on July 29, 2005   / Stacey Wharton (Daughter)
Dear Mom…my best friend, confidant, cheerleader, and prayer partner:             Today is the hardest day of my whole life because today we will have to say goodbye to you, but I refuse to do that...  Continue >>
JoEllen's Tribute   / Pat Heffren (Friend and sister-in-law )
Thankful for the  happy and good days we were able to share.  Will have the memories to hold untill we meet again.
With Love   / Jo Fredell Higgins (sister-in-law)
This is very beautiful. I shall enjoy looking at it.

Aunt Jo
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Her legacy

Poems of

Mary JoEllyn Higgins


Lovely Ladies Rock Those Babies  

For all those who believe in the Right to Life.

Lovely Ladies, Rock Those Babies
Help them go to sleep...

Lovely Ladies, Rock Those Babies
Gently upon your knees...

Lovely Ladies, Rock Those Babies
Brush their little skin...

Lovely Ladies, Oh Pretty Ladies
Help Those Babies, Gently Everyday
Let them know, just how much you care...
Lovely Ladies, Oh Pretty Ladies
Help Those Babies, Feed Them Everyday
Lovely Ladies, Oh Pretty Ladies
Help Those Babies, Sing To Them Each Day
Lovely Ladies, Oh Pretty Ladies
Help Those Babies, Rock Those Babies
Teach Them How To Pray; Each and Every Day!

Lovely Ladies, O' Pretty Ladies, Rock Those

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Mary JoEllyn Higgins
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