1928 ~ 2013
Victoria Briggs, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Auntie, foodie, baker extraordinaire, connoisseur of strong coffee, and Military Mom to all, got her wings on June 10, 2013 after a battle with liver cancer. She was the Daughter of Sonja and Einar Åhman (both deceased); Sister to Bonnie (deceased), Shirley, and Lill; Mother to Christina, Melanie, Terry (deceased), Michelle, Ian, and Carolyn; Grandmother of 12; Great Grandmother of 12; and Great Great Grandmother of one.
Born, Öllegård Viktoria Helena Åhman on October 17, 1928 in Vasterås, Sweden. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage and was always willing to share stories of life in Sweden, tomten, trolls, Vikings, and gypsies. In 1949 Victoria emigrated to America with her family. The family lived for many years in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a young woman she was a pediatric nurse at both St. Mark's Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. She married her sweetheart Stanley E. Briggs on Valentine's Day in 1965 and they spent 41 years together until his passing in 2006.
Victoria was also an accomplished cook and an epic baker. Her cookies and pastries were the stuff of legends and you knew that you were very special indeed if she baked something just for you. She loved to cook and was a regular participant at the Macey's Cooking School. She was accomplished in Swedish dishes and considered her Aunt's cabbage rolls substandard. She loved her coffee, the stronger the better. If the spoon stood up in the cup with no support then it was just right. She also loved hot dogs.
Victoria was a very sociable person and loved to spend time at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center. She and Stanley enjoyed being involved in the many activities and trips with their dear friends from the senior center. She loved anyone in a uniform and was so proud to be a Military Mom, not only to her children, but anyone serving that needed a mom. She was always happy to write letters to the troops and participate in any activity to support those serving in the military.
Victoria and her sisters took a road trip to northern New Mexico in the mid 1990's. It was the only time they had all traveled together since they came to America. She and Stanley loved the trip they took to Hawaii and counted it among their most treasured memories. They enjoyed traveling around the country. One of their favorite places to visit was Lindsborg, Kansas also known as "Little Sweden". Another favorite was Spirit Lake.
Victoria was always available to make Halloween costumes, take the kids trick or treating, take the kids to the park, take the kids to the parade, help the kids with homework, take the kids to deliver valentines, hide eggs for the kids for Easter, make dancing costumes, cook good food, go to her Mother's house on Sunday for coffee, and write long letters to family members young and old. She was a wonderful letter writer and had beautiful penmanship.
Victoria liked playing the piano, crafting, sewing, cooking, gardening, and visiting with friends and family. Victoria did not like liars and snakes. She gave new meaning to the term "Stubborn Swede".
Mom, Grandma, Sister, Auntie, and friend, you will be missed by all that you leave behind. But we know that you will be there to greet us all when we meet again, hopefully with a big plate of cookies!
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 28, 2013