Helen Santos Torres Higdon, 79, returned to her heavenly home on March 4, 2020. Her devotion to her family and firm faith in God supported her and ultimately gave her peace in her untimely passing.
Helen was born to Vincente and Juana Santos Torres, in Agat, Guam on September 27, 1940. She was immersed in the Catholic community that was her lifelong support from an early age. She was an active member within the Legion of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and dedicated to her faith, community and family. She held a master’s degree in education and was an educator at heart, most notably as a teacher on the Navajo Reservation and Principal of the Winslow Student Residential Hall in Winslow, AZ. She loved gardening as well as learning and helping others deepen their Catholic faith.
Helen was blessed with a large and loving family. From the very beginning, she dedicated her children to God and encouraged them in the Catholic faith. She raised her children with patience and humility. She often enjoyed family trips sightseeing and visiting family across the US, Guam and Hawaii. She was kind, well-spoken, and always had time for anyone that crossed her path. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.
Helen is survived by; her brother Jose Torres, sister Linda Torres, sisters in-law Mary Daugherty, Kalita Dickens, brother in-law Leon Higdon, her children John, Jeannelyn (TJ), Michael (Mamta), Bretta, Jamie; her grandchildren Rena, Shelby, Brea, Chantel, Sabrina, Alex, Marcus, Helena, JT, Anthony, Vincent, and four great-grandchildren. Helen will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.
Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Three Notch Rd. (Tessera/Rosary starting at 6:00 P.M.)
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on March 9, 2020 at 11:00am, with Fr. Vrazel officiating. Helen will be interred along side her husband at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Tessera/Rosary immediately following led by Fr. Vrazel.
Reception to follow at the St. Vincent de Paul Center.
A church service will be held at 11am on Monday, 03/09/2020 from St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, followed by a committal service at the grave site.