Lettie Belle Higman went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 4 th at
She passed away peacefully in her sleep with her grandson Kevin, son Larry and
friend Sandy holding her hands and stroking her hair. Allen Jackson’s Gospel
Album was playing until Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville played, then she had a
taste of Margarita that we snuck into her ICU room, we all toasted to a life well
lived and then she passed into Glory.
Tiny was born March 12, 1935 in Summit Ridge, CO to John and Roberta Green.
She was the only daughter with four brothers, JT, Robert, GW and Johnny. She
was named after her two grandmothers but never went by Lettie Belle, being
called Tiny from the very beginning and it stuck.
She graduated from Montezuma Cortez High School in May of 1953 and was
married to Dale W. Higman on May 1 st , 1955.
From their union they had 3 sons, Larry, Steve and Don and one daughter,
Tiny belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Church and attended a bible study faithfully
every week at the church. She also belonged to the ETA Lambda Chapter Sorority
for 45 years and was president 3 times.
She belonged to the Four Corners Knitting Guild (Durango) and was president two
times. She also was a member of the Lutheran Woman’s Knitting Guild in Cortez.
She was a friend to all, a strong and feisty Christian woman who taught many
women how to knit, producing many beautiful knitted pieces for their children,
grandkids and great grandkids. Tiny loved good food, great wine, margaritas and
good conversation. She loved to laugh.
Tiny retired from Mobile Oil after more than 25 years of service where she was
the office manager. She was a hard worker and became friends with many people
there. It was there that she met Bo Andres from Texas, a chili cook-off pro, and
the Lettie Belle Chili Cook-off was born. Still going strong for 26 years!
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Roberta Green, her father and
mother in law, Cecil and Beryl Higman, son Steve Higman and daughter Melodie
Lettie lost the love of her life and husband Dale on Jan. 8 th 1999. They had 4 kids,
9 Grandkids and 14 Great Grandkids.
She is survived by sister in laws, Loretta and Kay Green, sons Larry and Don
Higman, grandkids Sara Willoughby, Travis Higman, Zachary Kallweit, Jessica Durr,
Garrett Fesgen, Kevin and Ginni Hill, Rowan and Rori Higman. Great grandkids,
Josh, Adam, Lindsey, Kendra and Heidi Willoughby, Bella Higman, Bristol and
Annabelle Kallweit, Tanner Machuga, Wyatt Fesgen, Colton Fesgen, Remington
Because of her great Christian faith, she endured many tragedies and always had
a positive outlook on life. She was quick witted and kept the nurses and doctors
laughing till the Lord called her home. Our loss was Heaven’s gain. She’s up in
Heaven teaching people how to knit and keeping them laughing.
Her Service will be at her church, the Trinity Lutheran Church, 208 N. Dolores
Road, Cortez, CO 81321 at 10:00 AM, October 2 nd , 2021. There will a reception at
the church immediately after the service and then a luncheon at the Elks club at
To celebrate her life we will have the 14 th annual Dale Higman Memorial Golf
Tournament at 2:00 PM on 10/2/21 after lunch at the Elks and will have the 26 th
annual Lettie Belle Chili Cook-off on 10/3/21 at her home, 24345 County Road M,
Cortez CO. 81321.
Cooking starts at 11:00 with judging at 3:00 and awards at 4:00. We will have a
short service honoring her before the awards for best red chili, green chilli, salsa,
Best Chili Camp, Horseshoes and Redneck Horseshoes are presented. The events
are welcome to all.
The golf tournament and chili cook-off were her favorite events of the year and
we plan to continue those to remember her and Dale every year.
We will miss her so, but are rejoicing in her Salvation, free of pain and agony.
We love you Tiny!
In Lieu of Flowers, we will have a go fund me page to start a knitting school for
young kids to preserve the lost art of knitting. Her vast yarn collection will be
used to start the project for junior high and high school students.