Obituary: Carlene Ann Higley

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Carlene Ann Higley

Carlene Ann Higley

Carlene Ann Higley, 80, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020. 

Mrs. Higley was born in Menominee, Michigan in 1939. She was a graduate of Menominee High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Alma College in Alma, Michigan. 

She married Ferris Saxton of Midland, Michigan in 1960, and they had five children. Ferris preceded her in death in 2006. Their surviving children are Shelly (Don) Workman of Franklin; Jeffrey (Debi) Saxton of Tampa, Florida; Eric (Katy) Saxton of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lisa (Jim) Cross of Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Melinda (Ward) Brown of Franklin. Also surviving is Carlene’s stepdaughter, Julia (Ryan) Richmond of Murfreesboro; multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her husband, Charles Higley. 

Carlene had a servant’s heart. She began her career after college as a teacher and was incredibly artistic and the ultimate fashionista, later owning a clothing boutique of her own in Menominee, Michigan. 

Carlene met her current husband, Charles Higley, in 2014, and they married in November 2015 at Franklin First Presbyterian Church, where they were both members. Carlene served as a Stephen Minister at the church, sang in the choir and helped Charles volunteer during their Wednesday night services. She also served at Room in the Inn. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Wilma Fernstrum, and her brother, Peter (Mary) Fernstrum, as well as her first husband, Ferris Saxton. 

A visitation is scheduled at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, June 7, from 1-3 p.m. A private service for the family will be held afterward. Donations can be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

Special thanks are given to the staff at NHC Cool Springs for their care of Carlene. 

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