Mary Louise Cannon, 75, a widow, lived in Arcadia, less than two miles from where Miss Higgins was murdered.
Her husband died two years ago, and she had fought off two bouts of cancer. But she was an independent woman who had the strength to rebound.
Born on a farm near Downey, Cannon attended business school and married Darrel Cannon, a local horse trainer, and kept books for their business.
Planning Overseas Trip
Mrs. Cannon, who enjoyed needlepoint, her roses and visiting with her five granddaughters, had recently redecorated her house with new carpeting and furniture. She was looking forward to a trip to Australia with a senior citizens' group.