MANCHESTER, MAINE--Millicent “Penny” Guptill Higgins, 88, passed at Lakewood in Waterville, Maine on November 5, 2019, with her daughter, Deborah, at her side.\r\n\r\nPenny was born in Houlton, Maine, daughter of Orville J. Guptill and Faye (Hall) Guptill. She graduated from Dexter in 1947, then earned a B.A. in Nursing from the University of Maine at Orono in 1952. As a mother who worked outside of the home, she earned an MSN from Boston University in 1972. While teaching nursing, she completed her ED.D at Boston University in 1989.\r\n\r\nPenny married to Thomas C. Higgins Jr., in 1952, and until his death in 1999, had a loving and caring marriage; in which both felt blessed to be married to the other.\r\n\r\nAfter graduating from Orono, she practiced nursing, then returned to school for an advanced degree and taught nursing for 25 years: first at Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing in Newton, MA, then Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA., and lastly at St. Joseph’s College in Windham, ME. Penny was an active member of Sigma Tau, American Nursing Association, and The National League of Nursing.\r\n\r\nShe was active in Congregational/UCC churches on membership committees, women’s groups, interfaith groups, and served as a Deacon, most recently at South Parish Church in Augusta, ME. Penny helped to organize League of Women Voters in Weymouth and Braintree, MA. She continued her participation in the Wellesley, MA group. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She also served on the board of Directors of Wellesley Human Services.\r\n\r\nHer published writing includes articles in the Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, and The Maine Scholar.\r\n\r\nPenny was a Renaissance Women. She was most recently active in Lithgow book club, a knitting circle, and Augusta Senior College, both student and committee member. She was always on the move and enjoyed many activities. Theater and music performances, dining out, day trips, overnight trips, and drives to Massachusetts for visits with friends and family. She also enjoyed personal and creative writing and gardening.\r\n\r\nHer love of family was evident to all. She loved a family gathering – especially at the family cottage. She appeared when there was a family need and attended countless school sports events. Friends describe her as kind and caring, as well as the “leader of the pack.” \r\n\r\nPenny was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a (step)grandson Jason, her sister Faith Guptill Coyne, and sister-in-law, Ruth Higgins Horsman.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her children, Diane Higgins Niles and husband Wayne of Augusta, ME, Deborah Higgins of Lewiston, ME, and Thomas C. Higgins IV and wife Kris, of Toledo, Ohio. Also, her grandsons, Thomas C. Higgins V, wife Brooke and children Maddy, Mitchell and Monroe of Livonia, MI, Michael Higgins, wife Crystal and children Bella, Lexi and Sawyer of Toledo, Ohio; and (step)granddaughter, Kimberly Boivin, husband Oneil II and children Olivia and Oneil III of Windsor, ME. She was Aunt Penny to Peter, Phil, Jack and their families, and Aunt Milli to Lauren, Beth, Joe and their families. She leaves her brother-in-law, Roland J. Coyne of Smithville, N.J. She leaves several cousins and countless people who called her their friend.\r\n\r\nOur family wishes to thank the friends who visited, sent cards, called, and sent flowers. We are grateful to the staff of the Skilled Care Unit at Lakewood Continuing Care for their kindness and good care shown our mother.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Scholarship funds for students at University of Maine Senior College, 26 University Drive, University of Maine, Augusta, or Maine Public Radio.