Muriel Doris (Northrup) Higgins, 102, died April 16, 2010, at Harbor Hill, where she had resided since 2004.

She was born March 17, 1908, in Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of Joshua and Maude (Spragg) Northrup. She was married to Roland C. Higgins Oct. 3, 1927, and they made their home in Albion.

Muriel became a naturalized citizen of the United States June 17, 1953. In 1986, they sold their home and moved to Belfast; then on March 30, 1989, Roland died. She missed him greatly from that very day and longed to be with him. She was a very special wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and friend. All who knew her loved her special kisses and hugs.

Muriel was a hard worker and a wonderful homemaker. She worked at the Monmouth Canning Factory in Freedom, and worked for several years at the Bethany Nursing Home. She was always helping those in need. Muriel had a special gift of hospitality, which she shared with anyone who set foot in her house. You would seldom leave without a cup of coffee or tea and a snack. Many times if you didn’t eat it there you would certainly need to take something with you.

She was a member of the Albion Christian Church, where she was a deaconess for many years. She would always pick people up for Sunday School and cChurch. She just loved serving the Lord. The following poem was found in her Bible and was a motto she lived by.


Brightly beams our Savior’s message,
Which was sent from shore to shore;
It was simply one word — “Others”
And ‘twill live forevermore.
Bear ye one another’s burdens;
This the law of Christ doth say;
And, like Him, preferring others,
In that self-forgetful way.
If you live your life for others,
You, yourself, shall blessed be;
When to others you take blessings,
Blessings will return to thee.
Let me live my life for others;
Others, let my motto be;
Help me, Lord, to do for others
As I would they’d do for me.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Mabel Plum and Blanch McDowell; a brother, Curtis Northrup; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Higgins.

She is survived by two sons, Allen Higgins of Albion and Milton Higgins and his wife, Patricia, of Belmont; and a special niece, Ruby Hanson, of West Enfield; nine  grandchildren, Susan Thompson, Sandra Littlefield, Sharon Torrey, Sally Higgins, Kathy Tobey, Elizabeth Grant, Shirley Diepenbrock, Debbie Ames and Milton Higgins Jr.; 20 great-grandchildren, Sonja, Crissy, Amanda, Victoria, James, Jennifer, Matthew, Shilo, Ashley, Johnathan, Travis, Patrick, Carmen Rae, Jeffrey, Amy, Jameson, Andria, Anna, Tristan and Caitlin; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many dear nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Harbor Hill, 2 Footbridge Road, Belfast, and then at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Albion Christian Church, 51 Main St.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent for Shirley and David Diepenbrock (Missionaries with New Tribes Missions in Papua New Guinea) or Milton and Wendy Higgins (Missionaries with CEF at the Neighborhood House in Belfast). Gifts can be sent to Jeanette Linsey, P.O. Box 26, Morrill, ME 04952 .

Condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 107 Main St., Fairfield.