Donna Jean Higbee, 83 - July 10, 2013Donna Jean Higbee, 83, of Cozad passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Parsh officiating.
A visitation will take place on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Higbee was born Nov. 22, 1929, at Cozad to Jens and Grova (Whitehead) Smidt. She graduated from Cozad High School.
On Jan. 17, 1947, she married Charles “Donald” Higbee at Norton, KS. The couple resided at numerous places including Gothenburg, Omaha, Lexington, Denver, CO, and Los Angeles, CA, before returning to Cozad in 1992, where they lived the rest of their married lives.
While in California, she enjoyed working at Knott’s Berry Farm where she spent early mornings in solitude unloading and distributing different products throughout the various shops. Despite spending nearly 30 years of her life in Colorado and California, she always looked at Nebraska as home and couldn’t wait to return to Cozad, according to family members. Upon their return, she visited and cared for her elderly mother every day until her eventual passing in 1998.
She was not the type of person that sought attention, rather, she was often found “behind the scenes,” and much preferred it that way, the family said. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter, and was an avid reader.
Higbee was preceded in death by: her husband, Donald in 2000; a daughter, Melody in 2007; her parents, Jens and Grova.
Survivors include: her two sons—Don A. (Cindy) of Omaha and James (Kelli) of Buena Park, CA; a son-in-law, Michael Yamamura of Los Gatos, CA; seven grandchildren—Gary (Jennifer) Jason and Jonathan Higbee, Shanda (Joel) Kinkade and Trevor (Tina) Hahn and Niki and Amy Yamamura; a great-grandchild, Sunshine Higbee; step-great-grandchildren—Zayne and Kyah Kinkade; numerous other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the American Red Cross and the Dawson County Relay For Life.