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Amy (Amelia Pearl Stewart) Higginson

    8th grade graduation photo. circ 1924 and Amy in 2011.

 Amelia (Amy) Pearl Stewart was born April 10th 1911 to George Herbert and Margaret Louise Stewart. Amy was the second child of Herb and Margie and the second generation born in Douglas County Colorado. She was born on the Jackson Creek Ranch near Sedalia, Colorado in Douglas County.  This was the home of her Grandparents Newton and Pearl Grout.  Herb was managing the ranch for Pearl at that time. In 1915 he and Margie established the West View Ranch a few miles east of the Jackson Creek Ranch where they raised their six children.  Amy had an older sister Margaret, younger sisters Helen, Beth and Jean and a brother George Herbert Jr.  Amy has many happy memories of her childhood on West View Ranch.

St. Phillips in the Field Church was always been a large part of her life beginning with her Baptism and later Confirmation at the little church. Her Grandfather Newton Grout built this church. Her Great Grandmother Margaret James and Grandmother Pearl James Grout were instrumental in starting and maintaining the Bear Canyon Cemetery.  Amy had approximately 140 relatives buried in the cemetery.  She continued to carry on the tradition of decorating the graves as her mother and grandmother did on Memorial Day using artificial flowers instead of the lovely wild flower wreaths that she and her relatives made for many years.

Amy started the first grade of school at the first Lone Tree School house and graduated from eighth grade from the second Lone Tree School which is still standing off of highway 105.  She attended Cantril Grade School in Castle Rock, Colorado part of the third grade, all of the fourth and part of the fifth.  She graduated from Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado in 1928.  Amy attended Parks Business College graduating in 1929 and later she acquired an accounting certificate.

She worked as a secretary and accountant for three businesses in Denver, Colorado. Performing office and secretary duties plus doing the accounting for two firms. During the school year of 1932 and 1933 she worked for the Douglas County School Superintendent where she managed the School’s Book System which included assigning and retrieving school books for each child in the school system.

Amy married Russell Higginson June 15, 1933 at her parents’ home on the West View Ranch.  They had a lovely honeymoon in Ouray, Colorado after which they lived on the Higginson Ranch north of Palmer Lake, Colorado for a short time. They had a very loving marriage for almost 75 years.

 As Russell had a degree in Animal Husbandry, most of their life together was spent in the ranching business. Prior to buying and returning to the Higginson home ranch near Palmer Lake, Colorado in 1949, they made their homes in Akron, Eagle, Monument, Steamboat Springs and Castle Rock, Colorado as well as Watsonville, California. Eighty acres of the original Higginson ranch which is in a private Conservation Easement is still owned by the family.

Amy and Russell had 2 daughters Shirley and Beverly.  These girls were born while they lived in Monument.  They also had 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Many of these heirs live in Douglas County.
In July of 1958 Russell caught his right arm in a hay baler which resulted in the right arm being amputated.  This life changing event showed the strength and courage of Amy during his recovery and years to come.  She literally became his right hand helper for the next 50 years.  This required many hours assisting him in many activities. Amy always stopped her work and with a smile went to his aid when he needed her.

Amy enjoyed many activities during her long life.  She always had a vegetable garden where she raised and preserved much of the family’s food. She enjoyed flowers and had many flower beds around their homes. She planted a Peace Rose that is almost sixty years old and continues to have many blossoms each year.

Amy made most of her daughters and her own clothing including both of her daughters’ wedding dresses.  Before her eyesight failed, she enjoyed reading, embroidery, crocheting, helping with the cattle, camping and traveling. She enjoyed baking cookies for family and friends.  Her tradition of including as many as 20 family members to make Christmas Cookies lasted for almost 50 years.  Since losing her eyesight Amy made over 200 fleece blankets for family, friends and charity.

Amy has been active in The Little Log Church since 1949, the Order of Eastern Star for sixty-seven years, Home Demonstration Clubs of Palmer Lake and Larkspur for twenty years. She also participated in the Douglas County Republican Club.

After their retirement in 1972 Amy and Russell were able to travel to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Scotland, England and Wales.  They enjoyed traveling with friends and relatives.  They spent sixteen winters in Apache Junction, Arizona after exploring other locations for warm winters. Many trips were enjoyed with her family listening to waves and picking up sea shells on both coasts, shuffling through beautiful fall leaves in New England and showing grandchildren the wonders of Canada and Mexico.

Amy was blessed with physical and mental health.  She was a 26 year breast cancer survivor and had a heart attack which resulted in open heart surgery at the age of 91.  Other than being legally blind, hearing loss and arthritis she had no other major health issues.

Amy and Russell moved from Castle Rock to live with their daughter Beverly and her husband Bill Noe in 2003.  Life without Russell since 2008 had been lonely but enjoyable with family near and small children to keep the smile on her face. Amy attributed her longevity to LOVE --the love given to and received from the Lord, her husband, family and friends.

Amy was able to celebrate her one hundredth birthday April 10, 2011 with over one hundred family and friends. All five generations were there to help celebrate her life.  She died May 4, 2011 after a short illness at the home of her daughter and son in-law Beverly and Bill Noe.  She was buried next to her beloved Russell in the Higginson family plot at Bear Canyon Cemetery near Sedalia, Colorado.

Beverly Higginson Noe, 5/2011