Irene Mercedese Snelgrove Higgins, passed away at her home on Thursday, December 27, 1990 at the age of 94 in Salt Lake City.

She was born August 8, 1896 to Charles Richard Snelgrove and Emily Brooksbank Snelgrove. She attended West High School and Henager Business College. She was at one time an accomplished pianist.Mercedese spent 44 years as a legal secretary, most recently with John W. Lowe and the Law firm Brayton, Lowe and Hurley.

She married Rowland C. D. Higgins, October 20, 1930 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and has remained at their same residence since their marriage.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

She brought so much love and happiness to each of our lives and had a smile to melt anyone's heart and a twinkle always in her eyes.

We will miss her sweet spirit and the happiness and positive attitude that was always surrounding her. We love you Mercedese, you have touched the heart of many.

Surviving are a sister, Emily Elizabeth "Beth" Snelgrove Davey and brother-in-law, Ralph M. Davey; many nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom will miss her cheerful sweet and loving being. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 31, 1990, 1 p.m. at the Mountain View 3rd LDS Ward, 1889 So. 1700 East; friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and one hour prior to services at the ward. Interment in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

As a typical gesture of her unselfishness and love of her family Mercedese requested a donation be made in lieu of flowers to the family trust fund of her great-nephew William Marvin Tuddenham, Jr. who succumbed to cancer this fall at the age of 43.

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