Clay Higgins, New Jersey

New Jersey

September 17, 2019

Categories: American Daffodil Society, Daffodil Enthusiasts, General, Societies and groups

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Hi folks,

Just to inform those that know Franca “Fran” Bozievich Higgins, my wife the daughter of Marie Bozievich, has been in the hospital since September 6, 2019 with severe pneumonia.  We nearly lost her but she came through with an operation on her lungs and they got the infection out.  But she is getting better and is being transferred today to a hospice type care for recovery for the next two week.  I’m not sure where she is going, yet, it’s very early here, but it is a rehabilitation type facility as she is very weak and will have to learn to walk again after being bed ridden for the last 10-11 days.

I will not be available on the computer for the remainder of the day because I will be with her getting her transferred.  Sorry about posting so late but we are very private in our lives.



22 responses to “New Jersey”

  1. Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland Brian Duncan says:


    So sorry to hear about Fran’s illness. I trust she will make a rapid and complete recovery.

    Please pass on my best wishes. She was very kind in coming to see me as I lay in Fairfax hospital

    with pneumonia after one of the ADS Conventions – I can’t remember how many years ago.?

    I have many lovely memories of meetings with her mother Marie at conventions and who once came to stay with us.


  2. Jackie Turbidy says:

    Clay, I send you and Fran the very best wishes for a steady recovery. Hard
    to believe pneumonia can pin you down that like that.
    Jackie Turbidy

  3. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio says:


    I’m so sorry to hear about Fran’s illness.  Please give her my best wishes for a complete recovery.  I know there’s a long road ahead of you both.  Be strong.

    Mary Lou

  4. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee says:

    Clay, sending lots of positive thoughts for Fran’s recovery! So sorry to hear of her illness.

  5. Suzy Wert, Indiana says:

    Please give Fran my warmest regards and my hope she will get well and strong as quickly as possible! Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with!

  6. Nancy Tackett, California Nancy Tackett, California says:


    Ben and I wish Fran the very best and a speedy recovery and hope she will be able to be back home very soon.


  7. Richard and Elise Havens says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Fran’s pneumonia and hope and pray for a full recovery and soon.

    With my best to you, Clay,
    Elise Havens

  8. Nancy Fuchs, Virginia says:

    I’ll never forget Fran’s warm welcome I received in North Carolina and all the years afterward. She is a treasure and I hope she’s on the road to recovery.

  9. beverly says:

    Clay. Warmest “get well soon” wishes to Fran. I hope for a full and
    speedy recovery. Wishing you both the very best.

    Beverly Barbour

  10. Lewis Turner, Maryland Lewis Turner, Maryland says:

    Though I do not know Clay and his wife personally, it has been moving to see such a warm response from those in the Daffodil Society during a time like this for Clay.  I know that is a real encouragement to Clay, and we will be praying for you, Clay and for Fran’s recovery.

  11. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins2 says:

    Thanks to all that sent responses to my post about Fran. She had a minor set-back yesterday and was not transferred to the rehab/hospice center. Hopefully today. Fran really enjoys our daffodil friends and I will pass along to her all the comments.

    Brian Duncan thanks for your comments. Fran has great memories of you, her mom, and others at daffodil conventions. I am trying to get her into the extended care facility today and will post that information when it happens. She would love to her from our daffodil friends.


  12. Glenna Graves says:

    Thank you Clay for the updates. Thinking of Fran and wishing her a speedy recovery!

  13. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins2 says:

    Thanks Glenna,

    Fran was finally transferred to a rehab center yesterday late. She is too weak to walk on her own. Pneumonia is a lot more dangerous than most people really know. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

    She asked me to not post her address at the rehab center as she doesn’t want to be loaded down with cards and stuff. However, if anyone wants to, send to our P.O. Box 610, Howell, NJ 07731 Fran has really enjoyed the daffodil society friends over the years and she loves going to shows, conventions, and working in the shows.


  14. Janet Hickman, Virginia says:

    Clay, I’m so sorry to learn of Fran’s illness.  She has been such a kind and welcoming presence at every daffodil gathering.  She is definitely in my prayers.  Best wishes for a steady recovery.


  15. Jolene Laughlin, Louisiana Jolene Laughlin says:

    Hi Clay, 
    I’m sorry to hear that Fran has been feeling so poorly. I hope that she is fully on the mend now. Let her know she is in our prayers and we are sending her warm wishes. 
    Jolene Laughlin

  16. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins2 says:

    Thank you Jolene.

  17. Ceci Brown, Virginia says:

    Hey clay and fran….so sorry for fran illness. I hope she will recover quickly. I can sympathize. Ceci

  18. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins, New Jersey says:

    I want to thank everyone that responded to Fran Bozievich Higgins being in the hospital with pneumonia.  She back home with continuing home heath care as of Oct 11, 2019.  About 6 weeks in the hospital and in rehab.

    She is not over this yet.  Fran lost a third of her right lung from the pneumonia and the 60 years of smoking, however, she is on the road to recovery.  It will take a few more months of home care to get her back up to “snuff.” She quit smoking 2 years ago.

    This is a new one for me, Fran has always been so energetic that when we are out walking or shopping she was always having to wait for me.  Now I’m having to be patient and wait for her.  I hope she gets back to waiting on me to catch up.


  19. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio says:


    So glad to hear she’s home now.  Seems like recovery always goes better once you’re home.

    Mary Lou

  20. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins2 says:

    Thank you Mary Lou and all those who know and have been concerned about Fran.


  21. Janet Hickman, Virginia says:

    Clay, that’s good news that she’s home.  Please give her my best wishes for steady recovery.


  22. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee says:

    So glad Fran is back home and on the mend! Please give her my best.