Grace Marie Briggs

 

August 24, 2023

Our Mother reminded us to count our blessings everyday, 24 hours before her last. Grace Marie Briggs, 84, of Powell WY went home to be in peace with her Lord on Aug.17, 2023.

Grace was born the only child to Edwin G. Thull and Margaret M. (Beslanowitch) in Laurel, Montana on Apr. 12, 1939. Her dad worked on small farms throughout WY & MT before settling in Powell where she graduated from PHS. She married Norman Briggs Dec. 19, 1972 and they resided in Manderson, WY until 2019 when she returned to her hometown of Powell.

She treasured her relationship with both parents throughout her life. Her childhood was never lonely having been born into a large Catholic family with 20 aunts and uncles and many cousins. The families spent the weeks farming and ranching and then gathered often after Sunday church to have large dinners. The house was filled with card games, stories and laughter. Many family members on her dad's side played either piano, guitar, harmonica, banjo, or a handmade fiddle (in her dad's case). They would raise the roof at the Clark Pioneer School for get-togethers and all were guaranteed a great time. Music continued to bring her joy and made full circle in her latter years to emcee for 2 years for the WY Fiddlers with the same cousins and good friends.

Grace worked throughout her life in various clerical jobs and the educational system, but mostly enjoyed being a checker at John's IGA in Worland where she made many community friends and was remembered for her joyful spirit. She retired in 2005.

She carried many crosses throughout her life, but her deep inner strength would carry her through with her namesake, grace. She remained always optimistic and authentically grateful for all her blessings.

Grace is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by daughters Teresa (Brad) Johnson, Linda (Dan) Dalton & Rovenna (John) Cooley of Powell, and a son Edwin (Charlotte) Muller of Ten Sleep. Four Grandchildren: Melisa Lynn, Logan, Morgan & Megan Muller and two Great Grandchildren: Cayden & Addison Lynn along with numerous step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and a step great-great grandchild.

Services were held Wednesday, August 23 at 10 AM at Thompson's Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

 
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