10/26/2006: "91 years later"
BRIGGS, Mabel Frances (nee Curtis) - Peacefully, at River Glen Haven Nursing Home, Sutton West, as a result of a stroke, after an eight year struggle with Alzheimer Disease on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at the age of 91 years. Loving wife of the late Harold Briggs and devoted mother of Philip (Patricia) of Huntsville; Lois (Martin Webster) of Paris ON; Dorothy (Wendell Goodwin) of Pefferlaw; Kathleen (David Graham) of Georgetown; David (Kathy) of Calgary; Frances (James Morrison) of Pefferlaw; Thomas (Nancy) of Sutton West and Stephen (Roxanne) of Keswick. She leaves 29 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Predeceased by one grandson, by all her nine brothers and sisters and her parents David and Alice Curtis of Toronto. Mabel spent her life serving others not only her family, but in her Christian faith centered around the Word of God. She was a faithful member of the Christadelphians and firmly believed in the saving work of Jesus and His return to this earth as King in a literal divine kingdom. We pray her sleep in Christ will be short as she awaits the resurrection call. Rested at the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Service was held in the chapel Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Interment Briar Hill Cemetery, Sutton.
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Kathy's Memories of our dear Mom
I shall always remember my dear Mom by the most beautiful word in the world... LOVE. In fact, the first Bible verse she ever taught us was "God Is Love".
Perhaps the first memory of my Mom occurred when I was very small, in the busy kitchen of the farm-house on the 5th Line where we were all born and raised. By this time there were 7 or 8 children in our family, and we were all crowding around Mom nursing a new baby. I can remember asking her why we had such a large family, as none of our immediate neighbours had so many children. For the answer, my Mom just encircled us all with her arms, and said: "Daddy and I just love you all." My Mom and Dad totally dedicated their lives to raising us children in a healthy and stimulating environment. They worked as a good team to provide us with all our needs... spiritually, emotionally, physically.
My Mom truly was a Great Woman. Like the Great Woman of Shunem, she loved the things of the Lord. She was always prepared to serve the Lord's people. Mom was a wonderful home-maker and orderly house-keeper. She was a very accomplished cook and baker. As a large family, we all had our duties and chores. She wisely worked alongside us and taught us many valuable life skills. One outstanding characteristic of Mom was being thankful for everything. Every single day of her life, in all sorts of situations, she would express her thankfulness. I know she was on her knees in prayer every morning and evening, thanking the Lord for His Goodness and mercy.and petitioning Him for each of us kids.
"Trust in the Lord." That was Mom's life-line. She loved her Bible, and taught us all she could by precept and line. She lived her Faith, and read the Word of God daily with us. Truly she gave us a firm foundation for our faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, she gave us a goodly heritage. She helped and encouraged us to memorize many passages of Scripture. This has come back to bless me in many wonderful ways.
Mom loved beautiful things. She enjoyed her flowers. She revelled in the natural beauty of our 'home and native land', Canada. The serene national parks with their mountains and lakes, birds and animals, meadows and forests enchanted her with pure delight in God's handiwork. She set a proper dinner table each evening, and presented hearty meals that were appealing to the eye . She always dressed us as smartly as possible. Even the patches on the knees of my brothers' pants were neatly stitched. Laundry was an art with my Mom. Clothes were pegged on the line in pleasing colour gradations, proceeding from light to dark. Mom loved books and music. We were always surrounded with good books and good conversation about literature. Most of all, Mom loved music. Her one regret was that she hadn't had the opportunity to learn to play the piano very well. In fact, even up to 3 years ago, she would sometimes sit down at the piano and try to pick out a hymn. However, she made sure we all had the opportunity to take music lessons. This is a gift for which we will all be ever thankful.
These are some of the precious memories that I have of our Mom, at whose knee I first learned the meaning of that beautiful word, LOVE.