Margaret R. Higgins


Margaret Rita Higgins, 85, died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2021, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 4, 1936, in Dexter, a daughter of Herbert Francis Groleau and Alida Marie (Gilbert) Groleau.

Margaret graduated from Dexter High School, Class of 1954.

On Sept. 12, 1957, she married James Donald Higgins and they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Margaret worked for many years at Mr. Paperback in Ellsworth, which was fitting as she was an avid book reader throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, James Higgins, of Rockland; her daughter, Joan Higgins, of Ellsworth; her son, Mark Higgins, and wife, Allyson Sorenson, of Bangor; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Prefontaine and wife, Jessica, Jennifer Guildford and partner Dave Gow, Travis Higgins and partner Kyffin Dolliver, Jared Brown, Corey Brown, Danielle Carter, Hallee Sorenson, Madeline Tuite and Jessica Higgins; four great-grandchildren, Carlos, Aaliyah and Levi Prefontaine and Abel Higgins; a sister, Patricia Downing; nieces Kathy Day and Judy Pullen; and her nephew, James Downing Jr.

She was predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Alida Groleau, and brother-in-law James Downing Sr.

Graveside services for family and close friends will be held 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the West Garland Cemetery in Garland. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

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