Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1926 RJC

Mary Frances Higginbotham MARY FRANCES HIGGINBOTHAM, 93, was born Jan. 10, 1910 in Corsicana, TX to Alice Agnes Roche & Francis Andrew Higginbotham and died March 16, 2003 with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. She was in the St. Rita's High School Class of 1926. She attended Ranger Junior College. She had two brothers, Paul J. and James and a sister, Agnes who was in the Class of 1933. Her brother, Paul, was ordained a Catholic priest and was elevated to Monsignor. She worked for Adams Grocery for many years and never married. As well, Mary Frances was housekeeper for the St. Rita's Catholic Rectory and worked for George Fengler at the O.K. Grocery in Ranger for a number of years. BROTHER: MONSIGNOR PAUL J. HIGGINBOTHAM, 84, died on March 3, 1995 in a local nursing home with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. Mr. Higginbotham was born in Corsicana, TX on Jan. 29, 1911 & attended school in Ranger and Amarillo. He later returned to Ranger and worked in the oilfield. He worked for an aircraft company in California and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He attended St. John's Seminary in San Antonio and was ordained in 1950 at the age of 39. He served 12 parishes in the Dallas & Fort Worth dioceses and was pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Henrietta for 15 years. His activities included being chaplain of military groups and hospitals, bus driver, catechist, coach, scoutmaster, church secretary, gardener, and janitor. One day after he turned 75 - the mandatory retirement age for priests under the new Code of Cannon Law - Higginbotham was informed by Bishop Joseph P. Delaney that he would be given the title of Monsignor. Higginbotham wrote a book of poetry titled "The Seven Stars", published in 1955, and wrote a weekly feature called "Rambling with the Rambler" under the pen name Wayne Wallace for the Ranger Times in 1937-38. He was a member of Knights of Columbus at St. Rita's Catholic Church. Survivors at the time of his death include one sister, Mary Francis Higginbotham (RHS-1926) of Ranger.