It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia M. (Recor) Higgins, age 78, on Friday, Nov. 11th, after a long, brave battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.
The Funeral will be held at 11am Friday, Nov. 18th, at the River Community Church. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 17th, from 4-7pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.
One of nine children of Howard and Florence (O’Donnell) Recor, she was born in Carthage, N.Y. in 1938. Her family later moved to a farm in Clayton, where she attended Clayton High School.
She married Walter Adams, which ended in divorce, and together they have one daughter, Darcy (Donnie) Garnsey. Later she married George (Charlie) Higgins at the Methodist Church in LaFargeville in 1964. Together they have three daughters, Sherri (Larry) Martin, Sally (Scott) Beeles, and Cindy (Jerry) Vecchio.
Pat owned and operated Yazell’s Restaurant on Rte. 12, near Alexandria Bay for over 30 years. At the same time she operated The Guzzle in T.I. Park on Wellesley Island for 12 years. She endeared herself to many of the “park” kids who worked for her and she loved them all. If that wasn’t enough, Pat, along with her good friend Bonnie Small had a catering business where they catered for the T.I. Bridge Authority. She also had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities while she catered many events for the D.P.A.O. and Joe Rich. Pat bowled for many years and attended numerous tournaments. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Pat taught many how to cook and gave many teenagers their first job. She was known for telling you the truth whether you wanted to hear it or not. She was as brave as she was tenderhearted, a loyal friend and her smile was contagious.
Besides her four daughters and their husbands, she is survived by two brothers, Voigt (Joan) Recor of LaFargeville, and Henry Recor of Homer; two step-children, Pam (Moe) Wheeler of Adams, and Gary (Penny) Higgins; 16 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews to count, each with the same strong willed, loving personality as their Aunt Pat.
Pat has now received her wings and has joined out Heavenly Father and her loving parents, beloved brothers Earl, Carlton “Corky,” Robert and Larry, her cherished sisters Gertrude (Ross) Wells, Maureen (Frank) Conant, and her adored grandson Dustin Howard Hare. We are sure that they have been waiting for this beautiful, humorous, loving and brave angel to come home so they can all dance together once again.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.