Obituary for Betty Briggs (Miller)
Betty J. Briggs 1924-2017
Betty J. Briggs, 93, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2017 at the Masonic Care Community with her family at her side. She was born in the Town of Paris on March 11, 1924 to the late Nelson and Jenny Merle Miller and was a graduate of Sauquoit Valley Central School.
On May 22, 1943 Betty and Ralph E. Briggs were united in marriage in Houston Texas, a loving union of 37 years until his death on March 20, 1981.
For over 56 years, Betty was instrumental in the operation of the Ralph Briggs Agency which she and Ralph began in their home on Butler Rd. and later relocated the offices to Pinnacle Rd in Sauquoit.
She was also active in the Maple Valley Chapter O.E.S., currently Valley Stars 217, where she served Matron and Chaplin.
She was also a longtime member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Sauquoit where she served on the board.
Betty is survived by her three daughters and sons in law; Patricia and Ron Fanelli, Sandi and Mel Smith and Peni and Shawn O’Neil, her son and daughter in law; David and Rita Briggs, her daughter in law; Janice Briggs, her nine grandchildren; Renae Dombrowski, Scott Morgan, Michelle Inglis, Lisa Lyne, Matt Briggs, Amy Briggs, Heather Irvis, Hillary Luckie and Dr. Trevor O’Neil and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son; Ralph K. Briggs on December 2, 2004, her great-grandsons; Zachary Allen Dombrowski on March 25, 2005 and Lochlan James Lyne on May 7, 2012, her sisters; Helen Colucci and Janet Donahue and her brother; Dr. Albert Miller.
Calling hours will be Monday, October 2, 2017 from 1-3 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit with services following immediately at 3:00.
Interment will follow in Sauquoit Valley Cemetery.
Please consider donations to the Sauquoit Valley Friends and Neighbors in Betty’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Her family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Masonic Care Community Monticello Unit for the exceptional and loving care she received from them during her stay there.
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