Kristin Linnae Higginbotham, 26, of Bothell, joined the angels in heaven on June 21, 2014.
Kristin was born March 24, 1988 to Julie and Brian Higginbotham. Kristin is survived by her father Brian and stepmother Mamie; her mother Julie Chase and Julie’s fiancé Pat Healy; her brother Kevin (Ashley), nephew Garnet; her sister Kailin; stepsisters Anita Kolendar (Jess), nephews Tristan and Gaige; Cristina (Thomas) Holmes, nephew Elijah and niece Mia; Mary Kolendar and Caryn Swanson; Aunt DeeDee (Steve) Coughtry, cousin Kimberly; uncle Kelly Chase (Heather); aunt Angelina; grandparents Laurie Higginbotham, Bob Chase and Barbara Jones as well as numerous extended family and close friends. She is predeceased by her beloved grandpa “Boppa” Higginbotham.
Kristin attended Kokanee Elementary, Canyon Park Junior High and Bothell High (2006). She attended Central Washington University (2007) and Washington State University (Vancouver) earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology (2010). She continued her education at City University, earning the degree of master of education in guidance and counseling (2012). Kristin worked at Canyon Park Junior High as a substitute counselor for the past two years. She was also a nanny for many years, developing close bonds with the children she cared for.
Kristin played many sports growing up; her favorites were softball and soccer. She also loved snowboarding. While she will ever be known for her contagious smile and laugh, her teammates also knew her for her competitiveness and fierce determination on the field. She was a free spirit who loved to travel and journal about her life adventures. She loved being a student and loved to read.
While preparing to join the Peace Corps in Guyana, Kristin met the love of her life, Mitchell Chicha. While their relationship was cut short by her passing, those who knew them could see their passion, friendship and love for each other.
Kristin was a young woman of faith. She believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love, and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 13 at Northlake Christian Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or a charity of your choice.