Gretta Woolf Higbee
February 14, 1918 ~ January 14, 2013
Gretta Woolf Higbee, 94, of Lindon, Utah died peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2013. Gretta was born February 14, 1918 in Teton, Idaho to Marion Hurren Woolf and Lillie Gertrude Ashcraft Woolf. She was the sixth of seven children and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She married Leo Carlyle Higbee on June 16, 1940 in Idaho Falls. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. Leo died on December 21, 2011.
Gretta and Leo moved to Spokane, Washington in 1940. They were active in building up the LDS Church in the Spokane area, each fulfilling many callings in the wards and stakes in eastern Washington. Gretta particularly enjoyed teaching Relief Society, and enjoyed being a good neighbor and visiting teacher. After their children were married, Gretta and Leo served a temple mission together in the Seattle Washington Temple. In 1994 they moved to Lindon, Utah.
Gretta was known for her sense of humor and quick wit, which she maintained until her passing. She enjoyed flowers and working in her beautiful flower gardens and vegetable gardens. Gretta always loved visiting with her children and grandchildren. Her grandmother, Emma Hurren, was a four-year-old child in the Willie Handcart Company of 1856, and Gretta remembered hearing her grandmother tell stories of the ordeal.
Gretta is survived by her five children: Kenneth L. (Pat) Higbee, Glen A. (Mary) Higbee, James M. (Kim) Higbee, L. Jean Higbee, Robert N. (Linda) Higbee; 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; step-daughter Carolyn (Bob) Babbel; and brother, J. D. Woolf, Idaho Falls.
At Gretta’s request, a brief memorial service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
Gretta was grateful for the loving care of her family. The family expresses their appreciation to the staffs of Brighton Hospice and Ashford Memory Care for their kind and tender service to Gretta.
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