Jean Remaley Higgins

Jean Remaley Higgins

Passed: April 10, 2023


It is with profound sadness that the family of Jean Remaley Higgins announces her passing from this life on April 9, 2023.

Dr. Higgins is survived by her devoted husband, James, married nearly 40 years; and her only child, Frances Lagana. She leaves behind a brother, William Remaley; as well as a niece and nephew, Ellen and Christopher Remaley, respectively.

Jean spent her life’s career as a public servant and school educator enriching the lives of children and young adults. She lived by fostering a desire to promote literacy and learning in all the students that she encountered. Jean was admired for her strength in bringing people together to resolve difficult situations and did so with abundant grace and humility. In her eyes, all individuals were equal and worthy.

Dr. Higgins retired as Superintendent of the Beaver Falls School District in 1998 and went on to mentor Doctoral students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for many years to follow.

She was a valued and vital member of many local community organizations and a champion for the preservation of the Carnegie Free Library in downtown Beaver Falls.

No services will be held and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Carnegie Library as well as to the UPMC Cardiothoracic Research Foundation or Hospice Care be made in her honor. Details for contributions can be found through the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME- 117 Blackhawk Rd., Chippewa Twp.-

Any individual who was fortunate enough to have had this beautiful person touch their lives will never forget her greatness. It will live on in us forever.



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4 responses to Jean Remaley Higgins

  1. Dear Jim, Francie and family, Such a loss. I will remain forever influenced by her mentorship, her friendship, her kindness and support, and her fabulous hosting. I will miss our texting and her commentary on my day to day thoughts, always expressed with a glint of her humor. Rest in peace, Jean.

  2. Sending our condolences to Jim and family. Jean was an awesome educator and a great Springdale alum.
    Frank and Vivian Sylvester

  3. Dear Jim, Francie, Bill and Family,
    Joe and I send you our deepest sympathy and shared love for Jean. She was the most beautiful woman inside and out. Her kindness and caring shined like the bright light she was and will remain in our hearts. We were so very fortunate to have her enduring friendship. We wish you all comfort, peace and strength. Love, Helen and Joe

  4. Very sorry to learn of your loss. We always enjoyed chatting with you and Jean at many theatre performances. You both much for education. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

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