Rita F. Higgins


Rita F. Higgins, 71, of Warwick died Friday, September 15, 2017 at home. She was the beloved wife of Edward L. Higgins.

Born in Fall River, MA, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Palmeida (Pinhero) Parisi. Rita was currently employed as an Intake Coordinator at St. Mary’s Home in North Providence. She received a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education from Rhode Island College and was a longtime communicant, over forty-five years, of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Warwick. Rita enjoyed golfing, spectator sports and the theater.

In addition to her beloved husband, Rita is the loving mother of: Erin L. Decker (Arthur) of Phoenix, Arizona and loving mother to: Kevin P. Higgins and Thomas J. Higgins (Donna) all of Warwick, Colleen M. Higgins (Mark Perry) of Westerly, Karen A. Moody (Michael) of Mississippi and Deborah H. Rezendes (Jay) of Glendale, Arizona; six cherished grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rita was the loving mother of the late Matthew E. Higgins, grandmother of the late Raymond James and sister of the late Ann Tierney.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. from the Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 596 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to: St. Catherine of Siena Church, 3252 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 or Hospice Care of VNA Care of New England, 51 Health Lane, Warwick, RI 02886. www.murphyfuneralhomes.org


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