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Odessa Funeral Home

1700 North Jackson, Odessa, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Jane Briscoe

April 14, 1953October 1, 2019
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Mary Jane Willis Briscoe April 14, 1953 - October 1, 2019

Mary Jane Willis Briscoe was born in Odessa, TX to John Jerome Willis Jr. and Betty Jane Withington Willis. She attended school in Odessa where she graduated from Odessa High School in 1971. She was an active member of the band playing the bassoon and tenor saxophone during marching season. After high school she attended Austin College in Sherman, TX where she played in the Sherman symphony. In Sherman she met the love of her life, Larry Joe Briscoe, and was married on August 23, 1975. The couple remained in Sherman, TX until she received her BA in psychology and sociology in 1974 and her masters in education on February 1975. The couple found starter jobs in Austin where Larry was a personal chef to a family and Mary Jane worked for a halfway house for the criminal justice system with the goal of getting the students back into high school before the next school year started. In August she began working in adult patient education in the Austin State Hospital and Larry started his career as a sous-chef in Wimberley, TX where they later moved to. During these years were the greatest events of their lives with the birth of their son, Tucker Withington Briscoe, on 06-14-1981 and their daughter, Katherine Adele Briscoe, on 03-04-1985. While the family was living in Wimberley, Mary Jane continued her teaching degree in special education in Seguin, TX. She had found her niche, she truly loved children and being a part of special education. There was so much that she learned from her students that she passed on to others. The family of four moved to Odessa in 1987. Mary Jane began teaching at Bowie Jr. High then Permian High School and Odessa High School where she compiled a 34 year teaching career before retiring. During that time she also taught night classes at Aim and summer school. Mary Jane was big into giving back to the community. She was a lifelong Girl Scout (troop leader and Camp Mitre Peak counselor), an active member in the church serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school, and various mission trips. She took her certification classes to volunteer for the Red Cross, she delivered Meals on Wheels after retirement, volunteered at a Soup Kitchen, and served as a board member for Catholic Charities just to name a few. Mary Jane gave up many of these things to move in and be the sole caregiver of her 87 year old mother when she fell and broke her hip in 2014. This didn’t stop her from her weekend annual teachers girls trips that she so dearly loved. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her father, John Jerome Willis Jr. and her husband, Larry Joe Briscoe. She is survived by her mother; Jane Willis, son; Tucker Briscoe and wife Leann and their children Alyssa and Jolee, daughter; Katie Briscoe and partner Oscar Salazar, sister: Laura Myers and partner Don Anderson, brother & sister in-law; John & Dolores Willis; brother in-laws: Johnny Briscoe and wife Gina, Bodie Briscoe and wife Pam, and Tommy Briscoe, nephews; Mark Barnett, Josh Willis, Daylon Briscoe, Donovan Estrada, Nieces: Angela Wise, Crescent Chaffin, Danika Estrada. Services to be held at First Presbyterian Church 1401 N. Sam Houston Avenue, Odessa, TX 79761 on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Willow Camp Mitre Peak Scholarship fund started in honor of Mary Jane Briscoe to send a deserving Girl Scout to camp each Summer.

http://www.gsdsw.org/

Click Give then select send a girl to camp Donors would then just put in memorium of

Form will have designated amount or other Forms can be mailed in or to my email aalvarado@gsdsw.org

5217 N Dixie Blvd Odessa, TX. 79762

  • FAMILY

  • John Jerome Willis Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Jane Willis, Mother
  • Larry Joe Briscoe, Husband (deceased)
  • Tucker and Leann Briscoe, Son
  • Katie Briscoe and partner Oscar Salazar, Daughter
  • Laura Myers and partner Don Anderson, Sister
  • John and Dolores Willis, Brother
  • Johnny and Gina Briscoe, Brother-in-law
  • Bodie and Pam Briscoe, Brother-in-law
  • Tommy Briscoe, Brother-in-law
  • Mark Barnett, Nephew
  • Josh Willis, Nephew
  • Daylon Briscoe, Nephew
  • Donovan Estrada, Nephew
  • Angela Wise, Niece
  • Crescent Chaffin, Niece
  • Danika Estrada, Niece

Services

  • Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Memories

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Brenda Farris

October 8, 2019

Katie,
I always enjoyed seeing you and your mom at different events. She was always so pleasant to visit with. Such a sweet nature about her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother. Take care Brenda Farris

Ann Grimes

October 6, 2019

I first met Mary Jane through my daughter when she and Katie were in the first grade. Mary Jane was a Girl Scout leader and so was I, she introduced me and my daughter to Mitre Peak at work weekend. I think I have been back every year since then. (28yrs I believe)
She also invited us to church with her and we did a lot with her and Katie through Girl Scouts and church activities. Even though we moved over 14 years ago we would always visit on my trips back to west Texas. I will be miss her, she was a good friend and a great teacher to many others and my self. She was a great friend!

Mona Rood

October 5, 2019

Bill and I send our condolences to the family of Mary Jane Biscoe. We are saddened to hear about her passing . Although we have moved to another community, we still try to keep up with the news from our friends in Odessa, TX and our friends at First Presbyterian Church where we met Mary Jane Biscoe and her mother, Jane Willis. We send our love to the family at this difficult time. She was a gem of a friend and we know she will be missed so much.
Bill and Mona Rood

Ester Garcia

October 3, 2019

MaryJane Briscoe was an amazing woman. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Catholic Charities. She volunteered her time at the Cory Learning Center and was so excited to see the way we were evolving each year. She’d buy us gifts during teacher appreciation week and she always applauded my “out of the box” classroom management and teaching. She was one of my biggest supporters and I was in awe of all of the many volunteer hats she wore! My condolences to her family and loved ones. May your soul Rest In Peace, Mrs. Briscoe

faye Rodriguez

October 3, 2019

I loved this lady! She became a part of the Catholic Charities family when she asked CC to be a training site for her students. In the years to come she served on our Board of Directors and volunteered in the learning center. Mary Jane was a beautiful soul and a true example of the love of Christ.
My heartfelt condolences to her family. May the peace of Christ be with all of you during this difficult time.

faye Rodriguez

David Rhoads

October 3, 2019

I have some wonderful memories of Mary Jane from early years through all of our lives. I remember teaching MJ drum major lessons for Bowie Band. We reconnected with her in later years as she was caretaker for my two horses Two-Star and Blaze. Katie was also a part of that. They were so loving and giving to those horses as well as to us.
We made a trip to Odessa in early July to visit with her and Jane. Becky and I would call every two weeks or so to encourage her. We can’t believe she is gone. Just doesn’t seem real. We are so saddened by this. God’s blessing to this wonderful family
Love,
Dave and Becky Rhoads

Luke Anderson

October 3, 2019

Mary jane was my step mother's sister. She was such a nice lady,very laid back and always happy. I'm deeply saddened to hear about her passing. She will be greatly missed!

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Biography

Mary Jane Willis Briscoe April 14, 1953 - October 1, 2019

Mary Jane Willis Briscoe was born in Odessa, TX to John Jerome Willis Jr. and Betty Jane Withington Willis. She attended school in Odessa where she graduated from Odessa High School in 1971. She was an active member of the band playing the bassoon and tenor saxophone during marching season. After high school she attended Austin College in Sherman, TX where she played in the Sherman symphony. In Sherman she met the love of her life, Larry Joe Briscoe, and was married on August 23, 1975. The couple remained in Sherman, TX until she received her BA in psychology and sociology in 1974 and her masters in education on February 1975. The couple found starter jobs in Austin where Larry was a personal chef to a family and Mary Jane worked for a halfway house for the criminal justice system with the goal of getting the students back into high school before the next school year started. In August she began working in adult patient education in the Austin State Hospital and Larry started his career as a sous-chef in Wimberley, TX where they later moved to. During these years were the greatest events of their lives with the birth of their son, Tucker Withington Briscoe, on 06-14-1981 and their daughter, Katherine Adele Briscoe, on 03-04-1985. While the family was living in Wimberley, Mary Jane continued her teaching degree in special education in Seguin, TX. She had found her niche, she truly loved children and being a part of special education. There was so much that she learned from her students that she passed on to others. The family of four moved to Odessa in 1987. Mary Jane began teaching at Bowie Jr. High then Permian High School and Odessa High School where she compiled a 34 year teaching career before retiring. During that time she also taught night classes at Aim and summer school. Mary Jane was big into giving back to the community. She was a lifelong Girl Scout (troop leader and Camp Mitre Peak counselor), an active member in the church serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school, and various mission trips. She took her certification classes to volunteer for the Red Cross, she delivered Meals on Wheels after retirement, volunteered at a Soup Kitchen, and served as a board member for Catholic Charities just to name a few. Mary Jane gave up many of these things to move in and be the sole caregiver of her 87 year old mother when she fell and broke her hip in 2014. This didn’t stop her from her weekend annual teachers girls trips that she so dearly loved.