Mary Briggs

Mary Briggs

June 23, 1926 – October 30, 2019

Mary (Monahan) Briggs passed away on Oct 30, 2019 peacefully, surrounded by family. Mary was born on June 23, 1926 in Dunlap, Iowa to James and Clara Monahan, and later moved with her family to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Growing up in the 1930’s she loved listening to the westerns on the family radio and her childhood dream was to be a cowboy on the open plains. The second youngest of five sisters, she was preceded in death by Patricia Vanderdrift, Margaret Pracht, Pauline Brandenburg, and Joan Hurley. She graduated from St. Francis High School in Council Bluffs and worked at the bomber plant in Bellevue and at First National Bank in Omaha as World War II came to a close. She married and raised five children in Omaha. She was greatly loved by all who knew her kind and gentle spirit. She is survived by Debora Briggs of Omaha, Myra (Briggs) and Carl Lawson of Arizona, Mark Briggs of Omaha, Theresa (Briggs) and Tony Peterson of Omaha, and Barbara Briggs and Paul Konchagulian of Omaha, and grandchildren, Joss and Koom de Montjoye of Omaha, Josephine de Montjoye of Thailand, Sara Kavitch of Tucson Arizona, Adam Peterson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Heather Peterson of Omaha, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, and great-grandchildren, Lucas de Montjoye, and Isabella Beres.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, November 2nd, 11am, St. Mary Catholic Church, 502 4th St. in Portsmouth, Iowa. Interment, Portsmouth, Iowa.








  • Patrick Hurley Posted November 1, 2019 10:43 am

    I love you Aunt Mary

  • Lara Posted November 1, 2019 11:21 am

    I only knew Mary through the special spark and beauty that she passed on to her devoted daughter, Barbara. It’s not the case with everyone, but was so, knowing Barbara in the 90’s in NYC, that you just knew she had a remarkable mother. Wish I had met her in person, my condolences to Barbara and all of Mary’s loved ones

  • Bob Woodruff Posted November 1, 2019 11:50 am

    I love her and will keep her lovely spirit and all of my Nebraska family in my heart and prayers🙏🏻♥️🕯

  • Jo Ishii Posted November 1, 2019 1:43 pm

    💛🧡I am so very sorry to hear you lost your Mom Barb & Theresa!! My heart goes out to you & ALL your Family & her Friends! You both are such Kind, Compassionate & Loving women & that doesn’t happen by accident… it’s a testament to the kind of woman your Mom was❤️ I Love You~ Jo

  • Monica Gryskiewicz Posted November 2, 2019 1:59 pm

    It was such an honor to know & work with Mary. She was a loving & compassionate person. Every one who knew her, loved her. My thoughts & prayers go out to the families. She was one of a kind friend

  • Carl Lawson Posted November 3, 2019 12:37 pm

    Going to miss her teases and what else can I say is ” Mom thanks for the memories and you will enjoy were you have gone you are one of those people who deserves it.” Love and Joy Carl and Myra

  • Kate Posted November 4, 2019 6:18 pm

    My dearest, Myra, We are wishing you your family the comfort in the strength your Mom gave to you, the love she wraps your heart with and her healing power to get you through this very difficult time. ❤️ She is always with you, and I imagine she would be thinking this poem:

    I may be invisible to your sight
    But I am forever here.
    You may not hear me speak
    But I am forever whispering in your ear.
    You may not feel my touch
    But I am forever by your side.
    You may not feel my presence
    But I am forever going to remind you that my soul has not died.
    You may not see my face
    but I am forever smiling at you.
    You may not know I’m there
    But I am forever watching what you do.
    I may not breathe the same air
    But I am forever holding you.
    And although I cannot be seen
    I am Forever…like my love for you.
    Author Unknown. ❤️🙏and hugs, K,T&J❤️

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