LOIS ELAINE BRIGGS
July 25, 1923-April 5, 2011
Lois Elaine Briggs, a longtime resident of
Walla Walla, passed away Tuesday, April 5,
2011 at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.
Born July 25, 1923 to Herman Ella
(Krumm) Rittman, she grew up in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota and was the elder of two
children. She attended local schools there
and one year of community college.
Lois met her husband-to-be and love of her life, Jerry
Briggs, at a USO dance. Jerry was training at the Army/Air
Corps Radio Operator School in Sioux Falls at the time. They
had a whirlwind romance and were married 4 months later on
December 26, 1944. They had 47 wonderful years together
before Jerry was taken by cancer in 1991.
Lois Jerry moved to Walla Walla in 1945 where Jerry
was stationed for training in the B24 bomber at the WW Air
Base. They arrived on a beautiful, spring day and vowed never
to go back to the Midwest! Lois' first job in Walla Walla
was at the Walla Walla Canning Company. She later was hired
by Frontier Machinery (now Tumac), where she worked as a
bookkeeper for the next 15 years. She thoroughly enjoyed her
job and the relationships made through her work.
As a young couple, Lois Jerry had great fun playing
bridge with other couples. They also enjoyed socializing with
friends and dancing at the Elks Club. Lois Jerry's favorite
place to travel was the Oregon Coast. Later, she continued her
love of learning and traveling with girlfriends across the country
and her love of bridge, playing in a Ladies bridge club. She
was an avid reader, piano player and music lover, especially
Big Band music! Lois was active in several organizations including
Garden Club, Sunshine Club and Hospice. She sang
in the First Presbyterian Church choir for more than 40 years,
which was a special delight to her.
Lois was a devoted mother, grandmother and steadfast
friend who was beloved by all. We will miss her beautiful
smile and kind, caring spirit. She lived her life well. In her
latter years, she bravely endured the debilitating effects of dementia.
Lois is survived by her children, Jim (Diane) Briggs of
Walla Walla, John (Cherie) Briggs of Vancouver, WA, Janet
(John) Paulson of Walla Walla and her brother, Bill (Marlys)
Rittman of Madison, WI. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren,
4 great grandchildren and several nieces nephews.
A Memorial Funeral Service honoring her life will be
held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at College Place Presbyterian
Church at 11:00 AM officiated by Rev. Skip
Pritchard. Memorial contributions may be
made to the Washington Odd Fellows Home,
who took such loving care of her for the last
6 years, or the charity of choice through the
Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W.
Alder, Walla Walla, WA.