Nila Mae Briggs of Idaho Falls and Gilbert, Ariz., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Gilbert, Ariz.
She was born in Burton, Idaho, on Jan. 23, 1935, to Elizabeth Christensen Cherry and Leo J. Cherry. She graduated from Rigby High School at the age of 16 and accepted a job with the state of Idaho in Montpelier. She returned to Rigby and married Ernest "Jack" Briggs, with whom she had five children. They later divorced.
Nila joined the insurance and real estate business in Idaho Falls and launched a career that would last more than 50 years. She was an advocate of real estate education. She started a real estate school in Idaho Falls, taught licensing classes on a state and national level and consulted on course material for national publishers. Nila served as president of the Idaho Falls Board of Realtors, as vice president of the Idaho Association of Realtors, on the Idaho State Real Estate Education Committee and was an active lobbyist in the state Legislature for real estate causes. Nila was recognized by her peers on two different occasions as Idaho Falls Realtor of the Year and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Idaho Falls Board of Realtors.
Nila was an active member of the Idaho Falls community. She was a member of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club, served on the board of directors for The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and on the scholarship committee at Eastern Idaho Technical College.
Nila was dedicated to her family and friends and was passionate about her work. We are all richer for having known her.
A much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, she is survived by Kathy (Rick) Galloway and Susan (Nancy) Briggs, both of Gilbert, Ariz., Ron (Jeri) Briggs of Albuquerque, N.M., Randy (Karen) Briggs of Idaho Falls and Lisa (Jerry Roach) of Indian Trail, N.C.; sisters, Norma Jean (Phillip) Hawkins of Boise and Joyce Robison of Rigby; seven grandchildren, Lindsey, Scott, Ashley, Casey, Cole, Zach and Tai; and three cherished great-grandchildren.
Nila was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, C. Kay Freeman; and her brother, Rex Cherry.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to
, Phoenix, AZ.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.