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Lettie B. Higman (Tiny) 3/12/1935 - 9/4/2021

Lettie Belle Higman went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 4 th at

12:22 AM.

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.

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