Shelly Mildred Briggs
1916 - 2009
Shelly Mildred Briggs, 93, went to be with her Heavenly Father Nov. 8, 2009. She was born June 28, 1916 in Campo, Colo. to Suda and Frank Bray. She married Wilber (Bill) Briggs, who was her loving companion for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Briggs lived in Maywood, Calif. before moving with her husband to Ajo, Ariz. She was very active in the life of the small mining town, including being a Scout leader and teaching Hawaiian guitar. Shelly and Bill had two sons, Larry Lloyd Briggs (Lucy) of Payson and Garry Briggs (Joyce) of Casper, Wyo.
When Bill retired from the Phelps Dodge mine in 1972, they moved to Cottonwood, Ariz. where they were very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Briggs died in 1989 and Mrs. Briggs continued to live in Cottonwood until 2006 when illness necessitated her move to Payson to be near her family. She lived at Majestic Rim Retirement Community and made many friends with her beautiful smile and sweet ways. Her last days were spent in Payson Care Center. She was always very careful of her appearance. She especially enjoyed the many TV shows showcasing dancing such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. She had always loved to dance.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1377 Hombre Drive in Cottonwood, with viewing at 1 p.m. and the funeral service at 2 p.m. Internment will be at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her sister, Marylou Copeland (Jim); and her son, Garry Briggs (Joyce).
Survivors include her son, Larry Lloyd Briggs (Lucy) of Payson; grandchildren, Duane Briggs (Sonia) of West Valley City, Utah, Eric Briggs of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sundee Broadwick (Chuck) of Litchfield Park, Ariz., Mike Briggs (Patty) of Douglas, Wyo. and Shannon Briggs of Glen Rock, Wyo. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85541.