Memories of Julie Higginson

About Julie

Julie was the most loving and devoted wife, mother, friend, mentor, and inspiration to countless people. She fought with immense perseverance and strength even during her final years diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

To know her was to love her. Julie was born December 1st, 1959, in Rocky River, Ohio to parents Helene and Tom Forhan. She lived in Rocky River and Columbus, Ohio; Boulder, Colorado; Plymouth, Minnesota; Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and Sarasota, Florida.

Julie attended Rocky River High School and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Marketing. Julie went on to be a remarkably successful leader in the medical device field. She was an integral part of many pivotal medical devices that have improved the lives of countless patients over the years. 

She married the love of her life, Brad Higginson on October 13th, 1990, in the mountains of Colorado. They had three incredible children who were Julie’s most treasured accomplishments. Julie was a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan and a proud Delta Gamma. She was an incredible athlete; loved snowshoeing and skiing; competing and winning in her age category in multiple triathlons. It was a triathlon, The Timberman, which introduced her to Sugar Lake Lodge and Resort, one of her happiest places. She also loved and shared many family trips to Siesta Key Beach with family and friends, always walking to the Point of Rocks to touch the monkey. Julie loved watching all sports and was a loud and enthusiastic fan, yelling “O-H” and “wahooie” for any Ohio State Buckeye touchdown.

Julie loved walking their dogs Riley, Nellie, Frannie, and Ruby who she has rejoined in heaven. She was a voracious reader and genuinely enjoyed talking about and sharing books with friends. Julie loved cooking for her family, especially chili and hosting parties for her kids and their friends, and occasionally making sangria at the lake house. Julie was an avid storyteller, listener, and giggler. She was a devoted fan of James Taylor and lived her life following the wisdom of his lyrics in her favorite song Shower the People: “Just shower the people you love with love, Show them the way that you feel, Things are gonna work out fine.”

Julie is survived by her husband Brad Higginson, of Sarasota Florida; daughter Erin (Alex Oyler) of Denver, Colorado, son Jack of Austin, Texas, and daughter Kelly of Chicago, Illinois; Sister Laurie Gregg (Jim Gregg) of Vail, Colorado, Amy Peters (Brad Peters) of Scottsdale, Arizona and brother Drew Forhan (Nancy Forhan) of Hudson, Ohio; many nieces and nephews, cousins, her in-laws and too many friends and colleagues to name; all that love and will miss her here on earth very much.

Julie was predeceased in death by her parents Helene and Tom Forhan; and her beloved Springer Spaniels: Riley, Nellie, Frannie, and Ruby.