Ann (Higgins)'s Story

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Ann (Higgins) Bride of Andover died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 8, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late William T. Bride, Jr.

Ann, daughter of the late Frederick A. and Katharine (McManmon) Higgins, was born in Lowell and was raised in both Methuen and Andover. She graduated from Abbot Academy and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College. She received her MBA from Radcliffe/Harvard University.

Ann held numerous board positions with the Andover Garden Club, Board of Ladies of Merrimack College, Guild of the Infant Savior, and the Women of Northern Essex Community College Board. She was a member of the Vesper Country Club, Abenaqui Country Club, the Lanam Club, and the Rye Beach Club. She was also a member of the Big Brother-Big Sister Association of Greater Lawrence and a longtime supporter of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.

Ann will be deeply missed by her five children, Katharine B. Reed and her husband, Jay of Wilbraham, Susie B. Luer and her husband, Mark of Newport Beach, California, W. Thomas Bride and his wife, Kristin of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Amy Bride of Newburyport and Jennifer Bride of Andover; five grandchildren, Alexander Reed, Jack Bride, Carson Bride, Maximilian Luer and Madeleine Luer; her loving cousins, Maureen O’Connell of Los Gatos, Calif., John G. Higgins of Andover, and Carole O’Connor of Andover; and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her cousin, Lawrence Higgins.
Family and friends honored and celebrated Ann’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Augustine’s Church, 43 Essex St., Andover on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Andover.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Ann’s memory are kindly asked to consider the Women of Northern Essex Community College Scholarship Fund, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830 or Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101. For directions or to share a condolence with the family, please visit us online at www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Methuen is honored to serve the Bride family.
Published on  April 10, 2017
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