From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Higgins excelled in the javelin, shot put, and ball throw competition. In the javelin, she set a Canadian record throw of 131 feet, 11.75 inches (4023 m) in 1938. This mark stood until 1952.
In a 1935 ball throw event, she set a record of 222 feet, 2 inches (6772 m), a distance that was unsurpassed until 1947.
She was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. She died in Winnipeg on 31 December 1990.