Iona E. Briggs

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 7/5/2008 24:00:00

202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 7/5/2008 14:00:00

Iona E. Briggs, age 89, of Willard, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Willard Mercy Hospital. She was born June 28, 1919 in Greenfield Township, Ohio and has lived in New Haven Township most of her life and had moved to Willard in 1995. She graduated from New Haven High School in 1937. She was the owner, along with her husband Leroy, of the Western Auto Store in Willlard from 1940-1983. She was a member of the New Haven United Methodist Church, the Original Willard Garden Club, the Superior Chapter # 328 Order of Eastern Star and many years as the Red Cross Disaster Lady. She enjoyed handiwork and her flowers.
She is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law, William & Karen Briggs of Dallas, Oregon; and Larry & Joann Briggs of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leroy R. Briggs, who died May 19, 1995 and whom she married March 20, 1939; parents, Clarence & Florence (Carnahan) Baxter; brother, Willard Baxter.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2008 from Noon to 2:00 PM at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where the funeral service will be at 2:00 PM with Reverend Doug Winner officiating. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the New Haven United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Sherri, Brandon, and Danielle Briggs - Nov 4, 2008

We miss your love, smiles and laughter Grandma.. Tell Grandpa he is missed so very much. Thank you for everything you have taught me. Ill never forget the Memories we have had from walking over to your house for snacks to me graduating high school and all the other happy memories we have had. You and Grandpa will always be in our heart!

Love, Sherri, Brandon, and Danielle

Bill & Bonnie Meisner - Jul 5, 2008

Bill, Larry and families
How your Mother, Father and you both touched my life!!
The memories I have from “way back when”, will always be special. I always felt I was important when I was at the house on the corner.
May all of your memories of your Mom be special, and may God be with you all.
Sincerely, and in peace.

Debbie (Smith) & Steve Hoyda - Jul 5, 2008

Larry,Joann and Family. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your Mother and your children Wendy,Bryan and Sherri still remain some of the fondest memories I have growing up in Willard. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Cliff & Sue Smith - Jul 4, 2008

Iona will be missed. She was appreciated for her kindness, caring, and civility. We considered her to be a very classy lady!
We send our condolences to the family.

Brad & Annette Baxter - Jul 3, 2008

We are so sorry to hear about Iona. She was a truly special lady and we will miss her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

gladys and willis hicks - Jul 3, 2008

To the family of my dear friend Iona briggs.
When the Briggs family had their western auto store in early 1960, my family of 5 children, myself and my husband ,were looking forward to a bleak christmas.. we had nothing . she made it a glorius holiday.. she permitted me to shop and purchase gifts for my husband and children from their store, and told me to just pay as i could ,when my husband returned to work after an accident…. we remained friends.. A sweeter more thoughtfull lady I have yet to meet ..Thank you again Mrs. Leroy Briggs for your thought fullness and compassion for a family in need. you will be missed , Willis ,Gladys Hicks ,and family..Willard ,Oh.

Tricia (Palmer) Tarr - Jul 3, 2008

We are sorry to hear about the loss of Iona. Your family has our deepest sympathy. My grandparents, Glenn and Phylis Palmer spoke so highly of both Iona and LeRoy. God Bless you during this difficult time.

Jessice Baker - Jul 3, 2008

i love you so much grandma!! u meant so much to me!

Harold&MargaretMyers,&BettySquire - Jul 3, 2008

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Iona. We are first cousins of Leroy and remember the happy times spent with both Iona and Leroy at family gatherings. Many years have past,but we still hold those dear memories close in our hearts. Both Leroy and Iona were held in high regard in the community in which they lived and served. They made their mark there that will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of loss. Sending love to each and every one of the family. Although we have drifted apart, we do not forget! May God’s arms enfold you and comfort you.

Bryan/ Amy Briggs - Jul 2, 2008

We love you grandma and will miss you!

Jessica Baker - Jul 2, 2008

I love you so much. You are the best great grandma that I ever had. You are my hero!!

Brittany Baker - Jul 2, 2008

you are truly gonna be missed.
you were one of the best,most caring person i have ever met.
please give grandpa a BIGGGGG hug for me. :]
i will ALWAYS love you.
miss you already.&&love you.