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Lucille Higgs, Buffalo educator, active churchwoman

May 25, 1947 – Sept. 24, 2015

Lucille Higgs of Buffalo, an educator and devoted church worker, died Monday in the hospice unit of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 68.

A native of Buffalo, the former Lucille Jones was a graduate of East High School and continued her education at SUNY Buffalo State, pursuing her dream to become a teacher. She earned her master of science degree in education at Buffalo State.

Beginning in 1968, she taught for 37 years at School 90 in the Buffalo School District, where she was known for her storytelling skills. After retiring, she continued teaching as a substitute.

An active churchwoman, Mrs. Higgs in 1968 joined White Rock Baptist Church, where she served as a trustee and the church’s radio broadcast announcer for more than 15 years.

She also worked with Ego Studios, a young women’s etiquette school operated by Edith Johnson, and played an integral part in the planning and production of the school’s events.

In 1967, she married Tracy E. Singletary II.

She later married Kenneth D. Higgs Jr.

She enjoyed traveling to Fort Erie, Ont., Toronto, Virginia Beach, Va., and Atlanta.

She was a Silver Soror, a 25-year member, of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Gamma Phi Omega Chapter of Buffalo.

Survivors in addition to her husband include a son, Tracy E. Singletary III; a daughter, Amba Katrice Gee; two stepchildren, Timojin and Stephanie Higgs; three sisters, Barbara Ann Jones, Jeanette H. Jones and Tonya M. Jones; and six grandchildren.

A funeral will be at noon Saturday in White Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 480 E. Utica St.

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