BRIGGS Joyce Jackson Briggs, January 11, 1934 - March 6, 2011. Joyce died in Portland, Oregon at age 77 after a short battle with cancer, with her daughter by her side. A beloved mother and grandmother, she inspired her family and friends with her intelligence, independence, wit and healthy lifestyle. An avid ballroom dancer, she radiated beauty on the dance floor and off. Joyce was born in Columbus to John F. Jackson and Marijane Lusch Jackson. She graduated from North High School and Ohio State where she was actively involved in Mortar Board, Tri-Delt sorority and was Secretary of the Ohio Union Board of Overseers. She later received a master's degree from U. of Ca. Berkeley in Library Science and pursued a successful career as a technical writer. She is survived by her two children with former husband, Bill Briggs: Joyce de la Fuente of Portland, Oregon, her husband, Ed and daughter, Eva; and John Briggs of Barrington, Illinois, his wife, Kerry and sons, Andrew and Aaron; her brother, Charlie Jackson, resides in Columbus with his wife, Carol. She particularly enjoyed volunteering with Hospice of the Valley during her years in Arizona. She was grateful for hospice in the final chapter of her own life. In lieu of flowers, she asks that you donate to your favorite charity.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 20, 2011