Carolyn J Higgason

Carolyn Joyce (Eppinger) Higgason, 88, of Overland Park, KS passed away the morning of January 13, 2024, at her home in Vintage Park Assisted Living. Mrs. Higgason was born on April 15, 1935, in Norton, KS. Her parents were Harry and Zelda (Frame) Eppinger. Music was a big part of her life through band, piano and singing at NCHS.

Carolyn attended Fort Hays State University and studied toward an Associate Degree in Business. She met her future husband Dillon Higgason of Clayton, KS in 1954. In 1958 they were married in Norton on Easter Sunday 4/6/58.

They made their home near Clayton, KS on the Higgason family farm – a wheat and cattle operation. They were involved in the Clayton church and Carolyn was involved in ladies’ clubs including “The LD Club” (Lazy Daisies), gave piano lessons, volunteered in 4-H and was Dillon’s right arm. They raised three children- Kelly Jo, J.D. (James Dillon), and Julie Ann all who attended school in Lenora, KS.

In 1974 they moved their family to Norton, KS. Carolyn was a member of the Mid-Century Study Club; PEO Sisterhood and she volunteered in the community. At the First United Methodist Church, Carolyn participated in and directed the choir, played in Bell Choir, and was the church secretary for several years.

Carolyn and Dillon retired in 1992. On 5/5/94, Dillon passed away, her husband of 36 years. She moved to Overland Park, KS in 2008 to be closer to family. She became a member of the Church of the Resurrection. She moved to Assisted Living in 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Zelda Eppinger, her in-laws Frank and Mary Higgason, husband Dillon, daughter Julie, brother David Eppinger, brother-in-law Freeman Higgason, brother-in-law Charles Callahan and nieces Peggy Callahan and Cheri Eppinger.

Survivors include daughter Kelly (David) Dominguez, son JD (Stephanie) Higgason, son-in-law Rob Oltjen, granddaughters Jenna Dominguez, Hallie Higgason, Emily Oltjen (Alex) DeMarea, sister Gloria Callahan, brother Howard (Patricia) Eppinger, sister-in-law Helen Eppinger, nephew Patrick (Jeanne) Callahan, niece Lisa Eppinger Dearing, niece Krista Eppinger (Patrick) O’Donnell, sister-in-law Peggy Higgason Highfill, nephews Stan (Barb) Higgason, Steve (Lisa) Higgason, Scott (Kim) HIggason and many great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as great great nieces and nephew.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the FUMC of Norton, KS on Saturday June 1, 2024. Further details are forthcoming. Memorial contribution suggestions will be announced at a later time.


  1. Helen Eppinger on January 15, 2024 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss here on earth but she is healthy in heaven and having a great reunion together up there. She knew her Lord and Savior so she is having a joyful time with family and friends.
    Praying for all the family.

  2. Don and Barb (Brooks) Kelly on January 16, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    Kelly and JD, I was saddened to hear of your Moms passing. She was a special friend of our family. Growing up Carolyn was the choir director for the church choir. Those are special memories for me. What a special lady and loved by everyone. Our heartfelt sympathies to both of you

  3. Denise Beckman Swiercinsky on January 18, 2024 at 5:22 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. My deepest sympathies go out to your family.

  4. Trent and Dori Knobbe on January 18, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    Kelly and JD,
    Lifting up your families in prayer. We have such fond memories of your mom. Carolyn was a lovely person, and we will always remember her kindness and sweet smile.

  5. Christine Bowman on January 19, 2024 at 10:33 am

    I’m so sorry and saddened to hear of Carolyn’s passing. I visited her at Vintage Park since she moved there, through Silverlink Ministry’s volunteer program. She was a beautiful and devoted Christian woman. I always treasured our long visits and getting to know her. It was a pleasure to call her a dear friend and I will truly miss her friendly and lovely presence.
    As her family, may you have peace knowing that she is with her Lord & Savior, and her loved ones that have passed.

  6. Barbara Harper on January 19, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    I am so sad the hear the news of Carolyn’s passing. She was such a dear, sweet woman. Her smile would light up the room, and she was always so kind and caring. We have wonderful memories of her, and she will be dearly missed. Our love and prayers go out to your family at this time.

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