Virginia Howard Higbee

Virginia Howard Higbee, age 91, passed away on July 4, 2019 in Banning with her loving family by her side.

She was born on June 7, 1928 as Virginia Francis Howard in Oxnard, Calif.

She was the daughter of James Troy Howard and Maude Lola Howard.

Virginia grew up and attended school in Oxnard, graduating from Oxnard High School and moving on to continue her education at UCLA.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1951 at the age of 23 and in the early 1970s went on to the University of Redlands, earning a master’s degree.

Virginia always worked at different jobs to contribute to her education.

She was also employed overseas in Italy, Germany and Japan as a civilian dependents teacher with the U.S. military.

She had the loving help of her cousins, brother and friends to help care for her young son Robert who was born May 7, 1949.

Virginia was a schoolteacher her entire life.

Giving back to her community was always her passion.

Virginia worked and traveled throughout the world.

She retired from teaching third-grade at Central Elementary School in Banning. She was on the Bridge Club, Book Club and involved in election work.

Virginia was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.

Virginia is survived by her son, Robert Curtis (wife, Jean) Higbee of Thousand Oaks; grandchildren: Emily Christine Higbee of Arcata, Calif., and Adrienne Maude Higbee of Seattle; sister-in-law Carol Howard of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; niece Cathy Howard of Venice, Calif., and nephew, Martin Howard of San Pedro.

She was preceded in death by her grandchild, Christian Robert Higbee of Redondo Beach; brother Wayne Howard of Manhattan Beach; and niece Leslie Howard of Manhattan Beach.

A celebration of life will begin at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Wiefels & Son Mortuary, 50 E. Nicolet St. in Banning with burial to follow at 10 a.m. at San Gorgonio Memorial Park in Banning.

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