Rita Ann Higgins

October 16, 1947 - August 5, 2019
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Rita Ann Kovacevich Higgins, 71, passed away at her home on August 5, 2019. She was born in Galveston on October 16, 1947 to Dan and Nathalie Kovacevich.

She retired from GISD and the Galveston Yacht Basin. Her children and  grandchildren were the most important part of her life. She was the best nana ever!  She also loved spending time with her horses.

Rita was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, John B. “Jack” Higgins Jr.

Survivors include her son John B. “Jack” Higgins III and his wife Casey, son Danny Higgins, grandchildren Emily Higgins and Sunny Jo Higgins, their mother Misty Higgins, Jackson Higgins, Harper Jo Higgins and Adrian “Ace” Higgins, sisters Diane Kovacevich and Suzanne Cagnola, niece Jennifer Greer/ Barron, nephew Mason Cagnola, sister-in-law Jackquelynn “LuLu” Higgins, as well as very special friend, Cindy Bertothy, and numerous other relatives.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Barr, Larry Bulaich, Norman Bulaich, Mason Cagnola, Pat Kearney and Danny Popovich.

A graveside service will be held Friday, August 9th at 10:30 am at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery – 3014 61st, Galveston.

Life Celebration to follow at the Serbian Orthodox Church Hall- 4109 Ave L.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Galveston Island Humane Society, Hospice or an organization of your choice.

Special thanks to Father Tom Colyandro for the beautiful blessings during Rita’s illness.

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Service Schedule

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Date: Friday, August 9, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, 3014 61st, Galveston

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, 3014 61st, Galveston

Donation Information

Galveston Island Humane Society

Phone: 409.740.1919

6814 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77554
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Born: October 16, 1947
December 16, 1997
Died: August 5, 2019

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Yolanda posted on 8/10/19

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Rita at Central. Prayers for the family. Yolanda


Diane Merchant posted on 8/9/19

Sincere and heartfelt condolences are offered to the family of Rita Higgins. Rita was a kind and considerate member of the Central Middle School Family. It was a privilege to know her. May you find comfort in your memories.


Ricky and Elizabeth Tibaldo posted on 8/9/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita’s family! We will miss her so much. We always loved seeing and talking to her at our feed store. Such a sweet and kind person. Our condolences, Ricky and Elizabeth Tibaldo


Linda Jones Smith posted on 8/9/19

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. May God comfort you in your loss.


The Waltons posted on 8/8/19

We love you like a Mom and our kids love you like a Grandma. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and will miss your pure heart and kind soul. You were one of the greats and will always and forever live in our hearts . Love you so much no more pain Rest In Peace Rita Ann. With all our love, Skeet, Leah, Aliyah, Danny , Dillon and Dustin


randy blanchard posted on 8/8/19

Deepest sympathies to you, Danny & Jack. Your Mom & Dad were great people to be around. Nothing but great memories. They will be missed and will be in our prayers...Earline & Randy(Black) Blanchard


Peter Kovacevich posted on 8/8/19

Memory Eternal my dear cousin !! May GOD bless your family and keep them safe for you !! Mine and Cynthia thought and prayers go out to your Family!! Love ❤️ Pete and Cynthia


Gale Dooly posted on 8/8/19

The employees of Tubular Enterprises, LLC send our deepest sympathies to the family upon the loss of your dear Mom. We pray God blesses you with peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.


Rhonda Barbier posted on 8/8/19

I am so shocked to see this. I am so sorry. My heart is aching for you guys. Had many good memories with both Rita and Jack. Danny, Jack and LuLu, please know that y’all are in our prayers and thoughts. Love y’all.


Franie Rochkind posted on 8/8/19

May her memory be a blessing. So sorry for your loss.


leigh cowart posted on 8/7/19

Rest in peace and love ...with Jack and all that went before you... sweetness dear girl...


Vicki Isaacks posted on 8/7/19

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Rita’s family. So sorry for your loss. Darrell & Vicki Isaacks


Orie Alvarado posted on 8/7/19

My sympathies to the family. I remember her kindness well.


Vicki Isaacks posted on 8/7/19

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Rita’s family. We are so sorry for your loss. Darrell & Vicki Isaacks


Mark Cridland posted on 8/7/19

Love you Aunt Rita! May you Rest In Peace You definitely earned your eternal wings.


Priscilla Murphy posted on 8/7/19

God be the glory Rita was a very sweet person to have work for she loves her family and her friends and her grandkids and her two sons and daughter in laws may God give us strength and peace God bless her caregivers that God have place to take care of her until God call to home to be with him in Jesus name amen


Niki DuBose posted on 8/7/19

My sincere condolences to each of you. May God God give you comfort and strength.


Courtney Herrington posted on 8/7/19

Prayers and Peace for The Higgins and Kovacevich Family. Rita you will be missed.


Ashley Witt posted on 8/7/19

In memory of Rita Ann Higgins, Ashley Witt lit a candle


Ashley Witt posted on 8/7/19

God bless you all. I was Rita’s favorite technician at the Galveston Veterinary Clinic. We had numerous talks and I always helped her when she needed it. She was a beautiful soul and I’m so sorry that she’s gone. No doubt she will be in a better place. Rest In Peace Ms. Rita


The Tanner’s posted on 8/7/19

In memory of Rita Ann Higgins, The Tanner’s lit a candle


John hitchcock posted on 8/7/19

To one of the most amazing people I ever knew, you were and will always be my favorite person. You’re smile and laugh would light up the world and I will love you forever


Melody Smith posted on 8/7/19

In memory of Rita Ann Higgins, Melody Smith lit a candle


Melody Smith posted on 8/7/19

Rita was one of the most genuine, loving and loyal a friend as there ever could be. She will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for peace & comfort are said for the entire family. Her friendship has been a blessing to me for 55 plus years. Sleep in Heavenly peace, Rita 💔 Melody Rygaard Smith