H. Christelle Briggs

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BARTONVILLE - H. Christelle Briggs, 87, of Bartonville passed away at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Sparland, Ill., to Warren V. and Edith E. (Humphrey) Harshbarger. She married H. Dean Briggs in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 15, 1949. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one son, Willard Briggs.

Surviving are two sons, Christian (and Wendy) Briggs of Bloomington and David (and Pam) Briggs of Bartonville; 11 grandchildren, Matt, Rachel, Betsy, Stephanie, Jason, Cari, Cayce, Jenette, Jake, Jackie and Joe; eight great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Hannah, Samantha, Benjamin, Lucas, Izzy, Tyson and newborn, Ava; and one daughter-in-law, Linda Briggs of Bartonville.

Christelle attended Knox College, where she accompanied choirs and band contestants. She later graduated from UCLA and received her master's degree from Bradley University.

She began teaching for two years at Yates City High School and then at Bartonville Grade School for 33 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Bartonville United Methodist Church, Delta Zeta, Alpha Delta Kappa and Femmes UNIR Women's Club. She was also a volunteer at Limestone Walters for the past 16 years.

Cremation has been accorded. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 15, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Limestone Community High School H. Dean Briggs Performing Arts Center or Bartonville United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 15, 2014
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