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Posted by:Jun 1st 2005, 04:25:42 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFAMILY MATRIARCH DIES

''Mama'' Lenora Elizabeth Albury Higgs, as she was affectionately called by her children and all who knew her, died quietly in her sleep May 10. She was 103 and lived to see the sixth generation of her family.

Some may remember reading about Mama Nora, a spry little woman who loved ''dressing up for the Lord'' and going to The Church of the Incarnation in Liberty City, Florida where she was a longtime member.

Born in 1902 to Charles and Mary Albury on the quaint settlement of Harbour Island in the Bahamas, Mama Nora moved to Miami in 1962 after the death of her husband to live with her youngest daughter, Lena Alma Canty, a mother of six; son Austin preceded her in death.

At her funeral May 19, the Rev. J. Kenneth Major said, ''Mama Nora outlived six of the priests'' at the church she attended when she lived on Harbour Island. She was the family counselor and told everyone to let her life serve as an example and a legacy to them. ''She lived a good, Christian life,'' Major said.

Deacon Franklin Clark, one of her grand-nephews, agreed.

''Prayer was a very important part of her daily ritual,'' he said. ``She never said very much, but she was always doing something for her family.''

Final services were held May 21 at Mama Nora's beloved Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

In addition to Lena Alma, she is survived by daughters Mary Sawyer, Kathleen Rolle and Edna Albury, son Percival Higgs, 26 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, 41 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

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