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NEWBURYPORT - Florence G. Briggs, 95, passed away peacefully at The Country Center Nursing Home on December 27, 2017.
She was born in St Albans, Maine, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Bishop.
Florence was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. In 1941, she married Lawrence C Briggs, now deceased. They lived in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine for many years where they raised their four children.
Florence was the first in her family to attend college - Becker College in Worcester. After raising her family, she moved to Cambridge with her son Jeffrey. For many years she worked in the Grants Management Department at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In the final years of her employment at Harvard, she was given the sole task of recovering millions of misappropriated funds for the university.
She retired from Harvard and became a successful real estate agent in Lowell, and purchased her first home in Lowell next to her oldest daughter, Mary Smith. She purchased her second home in Amesbury, to be close to her son, Jeffrey Briggs of Newburyport. While living there she became Secretary and Treasurer of The Bartlett Museum. She purchased her third home in Haysville, NC to be next to her daughter, the now deceased Janet Heberger. After the death of Janet Heberger she moved back north to Rowley to be close to her family.
Florence was an avid gardener. All of her homes were surrounded by lovely, well tended flower and vegetable gardens. Florence was a gifted rug hooker. Her family all cherish her hooked creations. Her beloved dogs were her constant companions.
Florence is survived by her sons, Jeffrey and his wife Lindley Briggs of Newburyport; her son, Gary and his wife, Maureen Briggs of Sebec, Maine; her daughter, Mary and her husband, Earl Smith of Lahavre, Nova Scotia and her sister, Marilyn and her husband Jack Glavine of Naples, Maine. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Florence's life will be held in LaGrange, Maine in the spring. For more information please contact Jeffrey Briggs - email: jeffrey@briggssculpture.com.
Friends are invited to view a more comprehensive obituary or send condolences to an online guest book that can be found at https://www.forevermissed.com. Donations in her memory can be made to Mass Audubon Society.
Published on January 4, 2018
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