Caroline Huggins

Caroline Huggins

Cowgirl, ranch hand, dog groomer, farmhand, house cleaner and millworker. These are some of the jobs that made up Caroline’s work life.

Born Aug. 3, 1943 in San Mateo, California to Carl & Alice Krohn. Caroline was very proud of her involvement with the Girl Scouts, telling stories late into her life of her adventures. Caroline graduated from Hillsdale High in 1961 and went on to study art at the College of San Mateo.

Caroline married Jack Zigray in 1964 and gave birth to Jani Marie Zigray in 1965. Following her divorce, she moved to Tahoe City, California where she met Donald Huggins. After an exploratory adventure into the Pacific Northwest, searching as far north as Port Angeles, Washington the couple spent two weeks camping on the Winchuck River and realized they had found the place they wanted to raise their family. Picking up stakes and moving to Brookings, Caroline and Donald were married on Sept. 1, 1972. The birth of Heather Huggins followed and the couple reaffirmed their decision to raise their girls in this beautiful setting.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, Carl & Alice, her brothers Skip and Stephen and her sister Linda.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Donald, daughters Jani Zigray Cochran of Wimer, Oregon, Heather Huggins of Monrovia, California and step-son Jesse Huggins of Sparks, Nevada, her grandchildren Rowan and Iris, Kristine, Eric and Rece.

That’s the boiler plate. What we will remember most is the horsewoman, 15 years 4-H Leader, and 4-H mom who always made sure her girls had whatever they needed to succeed. The animal lover, nature lover, a music lover, and concert-goer. We will remember her passion for traveling in Central America. Caroline and Donald made numerous trips to Costa Rica and Belize before she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2011. It was a long, difficult but courageous fight and it came to an end on Sept. 9, 2019 with Donald, Jani and Heather holding and loving her. We will always love you. We will miss you forever.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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