DALTON, Mass. — Laraine “Rainey” Higuera, 69, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2102, in Dalton, Mass., after a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Manchester, Vt., on April 11, 1943, daughter of George and Charlotte (DuCharme) Markey. She graduated from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. She married Vincent Higuera, an insurance broker, also of Manchester.
She was a contestant for Miss Vermont, with dancing as her talent. She danced all throughout her life and was in many recitals. In later years she taught dance to preschool children. She worked in the high school teen parent program in Dalton, helping young mothers to learn skills required for good parenting and caring for the babies during class hours.
Family and friends say they remember her for her positive outlook on life, her deep faith and her enjoyment of each family member. She cared for her grandchildren often and attended as many sports events as she could fit in weekly.
She is survived by her husband, Vincent; her children, Vince (Robyn), Scott (Rosie), LaReina (Howie), John (Nancy), and Christie, all of Massachusetts; and 14 grandchildren.
She is also survived by her siblings, Janice Ameden of Arlington, Vt., Barbara Hoyt of Branson, Miss., Andrea Gori of Manteca, Calif., Joanne Weber of Middlebury, Vt., and Frank Markey of Brattleboro, Vt., and their children.
She was predeceased by her father, George L. Markey of Manchester, Vt.; her mother, Charlotte Markey of Rutland, Vt., and Manchester, Vt.; her sister, Carolyn Bry of Thornton, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Agnes Church in Dalton on Thursday, Aug. 16, with burial following. The family would appreciate hearing from friends.
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