Carol Anne Caroline Higgins McNiece departed this world on Monday, June 20, 2011 from Portland, Oregon where she had been living since late April since retiring from the Lake Pointe Inn. She was born on June 6, 1945 to Charles H. PatHiggins, Jr. and Bonnie Lee Andrews Higgins in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Carol's passions for traveling, gourmet cooking, design, and learning created a coterie of devoted professional and personal friends. Her love of travel took her around the world. She worked for Braniff Airlines, Journey House Travel, and EZ Communications. A Francophile to core, she adored Paris, France where she visited annually and was sorry the Concord no longer flew.
In 1997, Carol became Innkeeper of Lake Pointe Inn, McHenry, Maryland. The Inn earned membership in Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of America in 2000. Her love of gourmet cooking amazed her guests and friends. Her love of learning about other cultures and languages was endless. Foreign exchange students worked side by side with Carolineat the Inn throughout her tenure.
She is survived by one son, Kelly Carlton McNiece and his wife Krista Marsh of Portland, OR.; mother, Bonnie Higgins of Cassville, MO; sister, Bobbi Higgins Lombard and husband David of Stillwater, OK; granddaughters, Kelsey and Ashlin McNiece of Portland, OR; nieces Kathryn Lombard of Austin, TX and Hilary Lombard of Stillwater, OK; nephew Jeffrey Lombard and wife Chrissy of Tulsa, OK; numerous other family members and many devoted friends.
At Carol's request there will be no services but feel free to gather for a party celebrating her life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Caroline A. McNiece Scholarship established at The Garrett College Foundation, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry, Maryland 21541 or by calling 301-387-3131.