2008-06-19 / Obituaries


Tobithia "Toby" Ellen Briggs, 54, of Richmond, Indiana died June 8, 2008 at the home of her daughter.

She was born Jan. 1, 1954 in Richmond. She was the first child of Mary Q. Briggs Armstead and the late Henry B. Briggs. She attended Richmond schools and was a graduate of Jane Adams School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio in 1976. She was admired by her peers and supervisors due to her extraordinary care to her patients and warm personality towards all people. She had also worked at the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include one son, James H. Austin, Richmond, Indiana; one daughter, Deshonna T. Austin, Richmond, Indiana; her mother Mary Q. Armstead, Grove Hill; five brothers, Alfred (Ruth) Bowen III, Bobby (Hettie), Bowen, Richmond, Indiana, Henry B. (Gwen) Briggs, Johnny Briggs, Grove Hill, Jeff Briggs, Kansas; one sister, Marva Q. (Henry) Rile; Richmond, Indiana; three grandchildren, Mary Q. Austin, Jason L. Austin, and Dae'neisha-Nicole T. Austin, all of Richmond, and a host of nephews and nieces.

A memorial service was June 14 at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church in Richmond, Indiana. C. Stricle Patterson Funeral Home directed.

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