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Martha Jean Briggs

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Martha Jean Briggs 1939 - 2009 POWNAL Martha Jean Briggs, 70, of Pownal passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Center for Living and rehabilitation in Bennington. Martha was born on May 13, 1939, in North Pownal, the daughter of Frank, Sr. and Mary Etta Knapp Briggs. Martha worked for a short time at the Pownal Tannery, after that she provided childcare for families in Pownal. Martha enjoyed going out to eat. She also loved to go dancing and was a member of the Catamount Gadabouts Square Dancing Club. She traveled all over dancing. Martha enjoyed camping, fishing and country western music, especially the Hank Williams era. She loved crossword puzzles, latch hook and rug making. She cherished the times spent with her family more than anything else. Her husband, Edward A. Briggs, Sr., whom she married in the N. Pownal Congregational Church on Sept. 22, 1956, passed away March 10, 1998. She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Tiffany Briggs, Jr. of N. Pownal; a son, William Edward Briggs of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and John Davis of New Lebanon, N.Y.; four brothers, Frank Harris, Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., James Harris of Tampa, Fla., William Harris of Pownal, and Daniel Harris of Bennington, 12 grandchildren and five great -grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at 1 pm at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 213 W. Main St., Bennington. Burial will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home today, Monday, June 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Contributions in memory of Martha Jean Briggs may be made to the or the St. Jude's Childrens Hospital c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, PO Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 29, 2009
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