Oletha O’Donnell Higginbotham
Oletha was born to Williams and Audrey Wellman O’Donnell in Buhl, Idaho, on May 5, 1929. She attended Buhl Schools and the Twin Falls Business College. Her love for mathematics led her to various accounting and bookkeeping positions throughout her life. Mom and our dad, William Higginbotham, were married Nov. 18, 1946, in Boise. Three sons and one daughter were born to them, Dennis Higginbotham of Adelanto, Calif., Pat Higginbotham of Wendell and Mark Higginbotham of Buhl; and daughter, Jan Higginbotham of Boise.
We all enjoyed the country life growing up on our farm west of Wendell, where mom always raised a huge garden full of vegetables, berries and fruit, kept the house immaculately clean and made sure we were working hard and home on time. Mom was always on the sideline supporting our teenage activities. Oletha enjoyed public service. She served on the Gooding County Hospital Board, United Way Allocation Board, election boards, Valley Vista Village Board and the board of Valley Christian Church where she was financial secretary for many years.
All four of her children survive her along with four grandchildren, David, Matthew, James and Billie; two great-grandsons, Tristan and Chase; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Madison; one brother, Bud O’Donnell and sister-in-law, Julie. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Wilma Shutts, Vera Brown and Shirley Garner; and her former husband, William Higginbotham.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park” in Twin Falls under the direction of Lance Cox and staff. Donations can be made to Valley Vista Village in Twin Falls in her memory.