Virginia Bruhn Higbee


On March 1, 2018, our beloved grandma, mother, and sweetheart, Virginia Bruhn Higbee, returned suddenly and painlessly to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father after an acute cardiovascular event. Ginny was born January 29, 1947 to Mark V Bruhn and Rama Yardley Bruhn in Panguitch, Utah. After graduating from Panguitch High School, she attended Southern Utah State College, receiving her degree in English Literature and Psychology. She worked as a Rangerette at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center during the summers of 1965-67, and met her eternal partner, Bob Higbee, during this time. They became engaged in November 1969, and were married on February 28, 1970, in the St. George, Utah LDS Temple.

She developed the Headstart Program at SUU, and served as its Executive Director for many years. Ginny was a natural leader and teacher. She had the remarkable ability to bring out the best in those she worked with, and held many leadership and church callings. After retiring from SUU, she and Bob traveled extensively. One of her greatest joys was serving in the LDS temple, first in St. George and then in Cedar City. She adored her grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible, supporting their talents and activities. Throughout her life she advocated for those who could not advocate for themselves and created opportunities to serve and lift up those around her. She had a remarkable sense of humor, and reminded those she loved to find joy in simple things. She was beloved by many, and created a legacy of service and love that will carry on for generations to come.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Mark V Bruhn, and her mother, Rama Lareeta Yardley Bruhn.

She is survived by her husband, Robert K. Higbee, her children, Thomas Sean (Kathy) Higbee, Holly Jan Higbee (Jason) Hafen, Aimee Anne Higbee (Christopher) Uchman, and grandchildren, Marissa, Jaden, Tessa, and Keira Higbee; Hunter, Kaylee, Jace, Lexi, and Brynlee Hafen; and Sophia Uchman.

Viewings were held at Southern Utah Mortuary on March 5, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., and at the Cedar City 9th Ward (256 South 900 West, Cedar City, UT) Tuesday, March 6 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Services were held at the Cedar City 9th Ward Chapel, March 6 at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Cedar City Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com

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