May 1, 2003

(6/6/1930 - 4/22/2003)

Ruth Ellena Briggs, 72, passed away April 22, 2003, at her home in Memphis, MO.

She was born June 6, 1930, the daughter of Reverend Claude and Winnie Mae Bandle Webb.

On October 29, 1947, she married Harold Max Briggs, who preceded her in death on May 31, 2000.

Also preceding her in death were her father; one sister, Evelyn; a granddaughter; and a grandson.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Briggs and his wife, Elaine of Memphis, MO, Robert Briggs and his wife, Donna of Quincy, IL, Tom Briggs and his wife, Sherri of Memphis, MO, Garry Briggs and his wife, Pat of Bloomfield, IA, Paul Briggs and his wife, Debbie of Memphis, MO, Tony Briggs and his wife, Terri of Memphis, MO, and one daughter, Carol Garrett and her husband, Willis of Memphis, MO; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her 104-year-old mother of Hamilton, IL; two brothers, Raymond Webb and Lewis Webb; two sisters, Doris Jones and Louise Ikerd, all of Illinois; and a sister-in-law, Vada Jackson of Lancaster, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Ruth grew up in Bentley, IL and attended rural school in Bentley and high school in Carthage, IL. After her marriage she moved to Scotland County, MO near Bible Grove and later to Memphis, where she worked in various places for several years, she retired from Casey's, where she worked in the bakery department. She was a member of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church from an early age and remained a faithful member until her death.

The family has suggested memorials to Hospice 2000 or Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held April 27, 2003, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO with Rev. Randy Webb, officiating. Pallbearers were Richard Briggs, Tom Briggs, Garry Briggs, Paul Briggs, Tony Briggs, and Carol Garrett. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren. Interment was in the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Bible Grove, MO. Payne Funeral Chapel of Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.

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