Alice Herd1,2

F, (18 September 1908 - 9 April 1999)
     Alice Herd was born on 18 September 1908 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1,2 She was the daughter of Thomas Herd and Alice Jackson.1 Alice Herd first married Jack Higgins circa 1932.1 Alice Herd married a second time Arhtur J. Pluff, son of Louis F. Pluff and Elizabeth M. Sauter, circa 1955.1 Alice Herd died on 9 April 1999 at Buckley Nursing Home, Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, at age 90 years, 6 months and 22 days.1,2 She was buried on 13 April 1999 in the Highland Cemetery, located in Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1
     Her obituary was published on 11 April 1999 in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, printed in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Her obituary stated:

     GREENFIELD - Alice (Herd) Higgins Pluff, 90, of 21 Meadow Lane, Greenfield, formerly of Athol, a longtime company secretary, died Friday in Buckley Nursing Home after an illness.

     Her husband, Arthur Pluff, and her first husband, Jack Higgins, died many years ago. She leaves a brother, Edward J. Herd of Athol; two nieces, Martha Brosnihan of Auburn and Meredith H. Orso of Chelmsford; eight grandnieces; great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. She was born in Philadelphia, daughter of Thomas and Alice (Jackson) Herd, and lived many years in Athol. She lived 40 years in Greenfield. She graduated from Athol High School.

     Mrs. Pluff was a secretary for many years at Pratt Lumber Co. in Athol.

     Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Athol. Calling hour is 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.1
The Social Security Death Index gives the last residence of record for Alice as Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.2
Last Edited=18 Mar 2010


  1. [S1047] "Alice (Herd) Higgins Pluff obituary," Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Massachusetts), 11 April 1999, p. B6; NewsBank subscription database (, America's Obituaries & Death Notices by NewsBank, Record No. 9904119697. Accessed 25 February 2007.
  2. [S1041] Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb online, at <> (Baltimore, Maryland: U.S. Social Security Administration, 14 February 2007 update). The SSDI component of RootsWeb online is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration. ALICE H PLUFF, birth listed as 18 Sep 1908, died listed as 09 Apr 1999 (V), issued in the State of Massachusetts. Last residence Greenfield, Franklin, MA, last benefit Greenfield, Franklin, MA. Accessed 1 Mar 2007.