Frances E. Higdon

May 8, 1935 ~ August 15, 2021 (age 86)


Frances “Frannie” E. Higdon of Streator was a passionate baker and very caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. Frances left this world on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at O.S.F. St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa at age 86.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Msgr. Philip Halfacre will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. Thursday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. The rosary will be recited at 6:45 P.M.

Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be sons in law, Pat Hatzer, Dave Pearson and Kirk Drapp; grandsons, Jack Pearson and Riley Drapp; and her godson, Jimmy Harcar.

Born May 8, 1935 in Streator, she was the daughter of Thomas Harcar and Anna (Lesak) Harcar. It was in Streator she met, fell in love and married Kentucky charmer Oral T. Higdon on September 20, 1955.

She is survived by her husband Oral T. Higdon of Streator; daughters, Aggie (Pat) Hatzer of Streator, Veronica Higdon of Ottawa, Mary (Kirk) Drapp of Naperville and Laurie (Dave) Pearson of Bloomington; a son, Paul Higdon of Streator; grandchildren, Michelle (Ry) Whittington, Meghan (Chris) Krzan, Abby, Emmy and Jackson Pearson; Riley and Ali Drapp; great grandchildren, Emmett, Atticus and Oliver Whittington; Cole and Callie Krzan; a sister, Mary Ann Woodward of Bloomington; a brother, James Harcar of Streator; several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Harcar and Anna (Lesak) Harcar; a son, Oral Higdon Jr.; a grandson, Tanner Shepard; sisters, Ann Beckom and Agnes Hornick; brothers, Thomas Jr., Joseph, Michael, William and Andrew Harcar; and sister in laws: Rose Harcar, Maria Harcar and Ann Harcar.

Born and raised in Streator, she attended St. Stephen’s School and graduated from Streator High School in the class of 1953.

Before starting her family, she worked for Thatcher’s Glass Company and Owens Illinois Glass. Later she held the role of bookkeeper for Harcar Brothers Construction for many years.

Above all, Frances loved God. She was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church and supported the Altar and Rosary Society of the church where she served as President and worked tirelessly supporting the church through bake sale fundraisers, rummage sales and hosting the annual Priest luncheon. Currently she belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church. It wasn’t uncommon to see Frances wearing an apron covered in flour with a baking pin in her hand rolling out her beloved rozek. Baking was a passion rooted in her Slovak heritage and will forever be her legacy.

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Solon-Telford Funeral Home

Thursday August 19th, 2021

4:00pm - 7:00pm

301 S Park St
Streator, IL 61364

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

Friday August 20th, 2021


801 Lundy St
Streator, IL 61364

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