Emmett Braxton Higgins

On January 25, 2018, Emmett Braxton Higgins was born to his parents, Braxton and Taylor Higgins. At only 26 weeks gestation, Emmett had many obstacles ahead of him. Due to preterm labor and two risky life flights across Utah, he had suffered a shortage of oxygen when his body was forced to protect his major organs. The process allowed an internal infection to present itself creating even more complications.  

After a valiant effort by a valiant soul, on February 12, 2018, a greatly fought 18 days came to a close with the passing of Emmett. When a very risky procedure, in an attempt to save him, was too much for his weakened body, he was placed in his mother’s arms as he took his last breath.  

“No child should pass away on a table, but only in the arms of his parents…”- Dr. Stephen Minton, MD. Only being the second time either parent had held their child, the passing was very peaceful, and full of only love amongst the family. Soon after his passing, the grandparents arrived to share a short while as a whole family. The parents are saddened by their loss, but even more “proud and grateful of the opportunity we were blessed with to give a perfect spirit a body to call his own.” 

-“When something you love with all your heart comes into your life, it becomes the only thing in your life.” 

-“Some spirits are so perfect; they only require a brief time to possess a mortal body before they have earned their place with our heavenly father.” 

-“In the18 days I had you here, you taught me more about love, faith, and relying on the Lord than I’ve ever learned in my life.” 

Emmett is survived by his parents, Braxton and Taylor Higgins; grandparents, Shawn and Natalie Higgins, and Kevin and Torrie Nelson, all of Cedar City; including great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Cedar West Stake Center, Cedar City, Utah. A viewing was held prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com. 


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