Marie E. RacineMarch 24, 1972 ~ April 10, 2017 (age 45)
Former New York resident Marie Higgins Racine, 45 died April 10, 2017, with loved ones at her side in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.
Marie was born on March 24,1972 in Port Jefferson, New York to Robert Higgins and Joan Johnston Higgins. Marie’s father served as a Marine in World War II and Korea. After leaving the military he had a long career in advertising. Her mother immigrated to New York City in 1960 from England. Marie’s parents met at work. After the birth of their first child in 1968, the family moved to Stony Brook on Long Island New York.
Marie was an active member of the Stony Brook Community United Methodist Church throughout childhood. She was a Girl Scout from Brownies to Senior Scouts. Marie graduated from Ward Melville High School in Setauket, New York in 1990. She attended college at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she met John Racine. After graduation the couple moved to Houston, Texas. They returned to New York and were married in 1997. After working at Harris Publications in New York City, Marie was a homemaker. A son was welcomed in 2000 followed by a daughter in 2003. In 2008, the family moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina. Marie and John divorced in 2014.
Marie had great senses of humor and drama. She loved to laugh and could tell a great story. Living most of her life on an island, Marie loved the beach. Her interests included family, friends, travel and decorating. Marie devoted much of her time to her children.
Marie’s parents preceded her in death. Her mother passed in 1985 and her father in 2010.
Marie is survived by her brother Matthew Higgins, sister in-law Jennifer Higgins, nephew Duncan Higgins, sister Alexandra Higgins, ex-husband John Racine; her son and her daughter Jared and Sophie Racine.
Marie’s life would seem too short to many, but we understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.
Donations may be sent to Transitions LifeCare 250 Hospice Circle Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
The family will be present 2:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Bright Funeral Home 405 South Main St. Wake Forest, NC, 27587. (919-556-5811)