Jane E. (Higgins) Brabb, 60, of Ontario died on March 10.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1947 in Burns to Donald and Vachel Higgins.
Brabb was raised and educated in Burns and was Miss Harney County in 1966. In 1965, she attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, where she met her future husband. On Aug. 26, 1967, she married Steve Brabb at the First Christian Church in Eugene.
Both Brabb and her husband graduated from college in 1969. They then moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Steve attended Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
While in Fort Worth their first child, Travis, was born in 1972. After graduation, the couple pastored the First Christian Church in Winnsboro, Texas, where their second child, Christopher, was born in 1974. In 1977, the family moved back to Eugene to be closer to family.
While in Eugene, Brabb worked for the Holt Adoption Agency, and later for the Eugene School District with developmentally disabled children. In 1982, the family moved to Ontario to pastor the First Christian Church, where Brabb was the church secretary for many years. Later on she became the director of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Ontario.
In 1985 a third child, a daughter, Marci, was born.
When the S.R.C.I. opened in 1991, Brabb’s husband became the first Chaplain. From that time up until her death she worked as an active volunteer. She was honored in 2007 as the Volunteer Of The Year at S.R.C.I.
Brabb was a singer/songwriter and loved playing the guitar. Ladies in the community who were broken-hearted would seek her council. She had a heart for those in need and was always willing to help. She enjoyed traveling, camping and visiting family.
Brabb is survived by her husband, Steve; sons, Travis Brabb of St. Joseph, Mich., and Christopher Brabb of Springfield; and daughter, Marci Brabb of Ontario.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Alexandria and Josiah Brabb of Springfield; brothers, Russel Higgins and wife Ingrid of Burns and Robert Higgins and wife Carol of Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Brabb was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard.
A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. March 15 at Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario, with Pastor Doug Hezeltine officiating.
Contributions in Brabb’s memory may be made to C.L.F. Prison Ministries Fund, 366 S.E. 5th St., Ontario, OR 97914. Condolences may be made to the family at: www.lienkaemper-thomason.com