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Kathleen Long (Higgins) passed away suddenly of a heart attack on August 25, 2006.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Thomas S. Higgins, Esq.; her beloved children, Kimberly (nee Maitland) Klodnicki (Kenneth) of Voorhees, NJ, Thomas Higgins, Jr., of Mays Landing, NJ, Kathleen Higgins, Esq., of Voorhees, NJ, Colleen Quick (Scott) of Hamilton Township, NJ, Daniel Higgins (Kristen) of South Brunswick, NJ, Sean Higgins and his wife Mary Lou of Marlton, NJ, and Maureen Bergeron (Brent) of Barrington, NJ; her brother Howard C. Long, Jr., Esq., (Amy) of Voorhees, NJ; and her sister Joan Skanes (William) of NC. She adored her grandchildren: Katie, Kenny, Dylan, Kelly, Douglas, Julia, Diana, Abigail, Meghan, Jennifer, Brittany and Richard. She was also loved by her nieces and nephews, especially Danny, Chris, and Bob.

In the early 1960s, Kathy was the head drum majorette of the nationally recognized Audubon Bon Bons All Girl Drum and Bugle Corps where she won the national championship trophy for the drum major competition. She graduated from the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Studies in 1985 and became a Supreme Court Certified Paralegal. For 30 years, she was the office manager for her husband's law firm, Higgins, Long and Bonfiglio, P.A. She was president of the Camden County Legal Secretaries Association and was a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association--Paralegal Division. A successful businesswoman, she owned the Little World of Learning Child Care Center in Washington Township and was a partner in the Lagoon Restaurant and Lounge in Brigantine and the Laurel Wood Liquor Store and Shopping Center in Pine Hill, NJ.

Kathy was an avid, competitive golfer winning many tournaments and awards. She was vice president and president-elect of Tavistock's Ladies Golf Association and a member of Tavistock's Ladies Golf Team. She played summer golf at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, where she won the club championship for her flight in 1999, and Seaview Country Club in Absecon, where she won the Harbor League Invitational and the husband-wife member guest. She was a member of the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia (WGAP) and the South Jersey Golf Association (SJGA), where she played competitive team golf. She played golf in the winter at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington, Fla., where she played for the Ladies Team.

Kathy was a fervent sports fisherman, enjoying long excursions to the canyon off of the New Jersey shore in search of marlin, tuna and swordfish, as well as off the Keys of South Florida for sailfish, blue marlin and Wahoo in her 31-foot Bertram, My Pinky. In 1980, she won the Ernest Hemmingway Award in Key West for catching and releasing the most sailfish in the one-day tournament.

Kathy was active in the Democratic Party. She was known for hosting elaborate and entertaining events and fund-raising parties for President William Clinton, Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor James J. Florio, Congressman Robert Andrews, and numerous other Democratic officials. She was an advocate for women's equality. She was a sponsor of PAM's list and EMILY's list, as well as the Camden County Commission on Women. As a convention delegate at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, she joined Olympia Dukakis in nominating Geraldine Ferraro as the nation's first female vice presidential candidate. Kathy continued her work for the Party at the 1998 Convention in Atlanta where she served as a member of the National Rules Committee. She served as hostess for the New Jersey Delegation at the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Kathy served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations whose missions she believed in deeply, including the Women's Board to Cooper Hospital UMC, where she chaired the Gala committee. In 1990, she was appointed by Gov. James J. Florio to the prestigious Drumthwacket Foundation Board of Trustees for which she served as chairwoman of the Governor's Sweetheart Ball, which raised funds for the restoration of the Governor's official state residence. She was instrumental in researching, writing and preparing Governor Florio's winning nomination submission for the 1993 John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award and then served on the awards dinner committee with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John Kennedy, Jr., Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, and many other members of the Kennedy family.

A viewing was held on Tuesday, August 29, 2006, from 7:00-9:00 pm at Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc., 2001 Berlin Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ. The next morning friends and family assembled at the funeral home at 9:15 am for a procession to St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 120 United States Ave., Gibbsboro, NJ., where a Mass of Christian Burial was said at 10:00 am. Burial followed at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chews Landing, NJ.

Donations in Kathy's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1815 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

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