April 18, 1926 to January 5, 2016
JoAnn Higginbotham of Bellflower, California passed away on Tuesday January 5, 2016. JoAnn was born in Oklahoma in 1926, moving to California at the young age of six. She has been a loyal resident of Bellflower for more than 60 years, and a long time active member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Downey, where she spent a great deal of time assisting the elderly and people unable to leave their houses.
JoAnn married her best friend, Jerry on Dec 10, 1961 and has not left his side in over 55 years. She is survived by her loving husband Gerald, her son Douglas Higginbotham and his wife Kathleen of Massachusetts, her two grandsons, Garrett Higginbotham of California and Wyatt Higginbotham of Massachusetts, her brother Donald Cockrill and his wife Shirley of Arizona along with many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 23 at Rose Hills in Whittier at 10am. The memorial service will follow at noon at Messiah Lutheran Church of Downey. There will be a reception after the service in the Parish Hall.