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Mattie I. (Richards) Higgins
DEXTER- Mattie I. (Richards) Higgins Woodbury, 80, died November 1, 2013, at her home in Dexter. She was born in Levant, October 27, 1933, the daughter of Lester and Inez (Read) Richards.

She worked at Dexter Shoe Company and at the Charlotte White Center for many years, and volunteered at the Shaw House in Bangor. She was also part owner of Bar L Ranch from 1978 to 1984. She loved to go “yard saling” and work in her flower gardens. She was foster mother of around 87 children. She loved going to the ocean and loved being with the ones she loved. Mattie enjoyed marching in parades as “Hannah the Hobo”.

She was a member of Rebecca Lodge #111 in Corinna.

Mattie had 7 children with the late Clifford E. Higgins.

She is survived by 4 daughters, Jean Nichols and husband, Frank of Hartland, Barbara Criss-Leighton and husband, Sherman of Dexter, Wendy Bechard and partner, Brian Stevens of NY, Cheri Curtis and husband, Dale of St. Albans; stepchildren, Mary Craig of Sangerville, Janet Nuite of Sangerville, Kim Lassen of Ripley, Jeanne Webb of FL, Kevin Woodbury of Parkman, Matthew Woodbury of Sangerville, Tim Tunks of Stetson, and Scott Henderson; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; special friends, Buzz and Maggie Soucie, and Christina Tahony.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph M. Woodbury; daughters, Carol Littlefield, Winonia “Muffy” Higgins; son, Clifford Higgins; 3 grandsons, Charles, David and Donald Littlefield; granddaughter, Nina Criss; 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Crosby & Neal, 68 Exeter Road in Corinna, where funeral services will be held 1 PM, Friday with Hospice Chaplain Tim Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the Morses Corner Cemetery in Corinna.

In lieu of Flowers donations may be sent to the
Shriners Hospital for Children
51 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114.

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