Mary Elizabeth Briggs

August 28, 1929October 10, 2020

Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Briggs, 91, of Groves passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at her residence in Groves surrounded by her loving family.

Liz was born on August 28, 1929, in Port Arthur, Texas to Mary Sassine George and Joseph George. She was a retired loan officer with Texaco Credit Union but mostly she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandma who loved her family dearly. Liz was a graduate of St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Arthur in in 1947. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur where she volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and many other church functions. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. Liz was a Pink Lady at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur and also participated in Meals on Wheels. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Survivors include her husband of seventy-three years, Frank Briggs of Groves; daughters, Susan Briggs Bigelow and husband John of Port Neches, Linda Briggs Evans of Groves and Julie Briggs Jeansonne of Arlington, Texas; brothers, John Anthony George and his wife Joann of Groves; sister, Martha Labbitt of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandchildren, Brad Bigelow, Heather Bigelow LeBlanc and husband Terry LeBlanc, Ryan Jeansonne and Phillip Jeansonne; great grandchildren, Haiden Bigelow, Jonah LeBlanc, Jackson Haile, Jillian Haile, Adelaide LeBlanc and Asher Bigelow. Liz was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Briggs; brothers, A.J. George and Michael George; granddaughter, Jessica Jo Evans.

A visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2020, at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.

Serving as Pallbearers will be John Bigelow, Britt Labbitt, Terry LeBlanc, Brad Bigelow, Ryan Jeansonne and Phillip Jeansonne.

In Lieu of Flowers, “Memorial Contributions” may be sent to St. James Catholic Church located at 3617 Gulfway, Port Arthur, TX 77642.

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  • Frank Briggs, Husband
  • Susan Bigelow (John), Daughter
  • Linda Evans, Daughter
  • Julie Jeansonne, Daugher
  • John Anthony George (JoAnn), Brother
  • Martha Labbitt, Sister
  • Brad Bigelow, Grandson
  • Heather Bigelow LeBlanc (Terry LeBlanc), Granddaughter
  • Ryan Jeansonne, Grandchild
  • Phillip Jeansonne, Grandson
  • Haiden Bigelow, Great Grandson
  • Jonah LeBlanc, Great Grandson
  • Jackson Haile, Great Grandson
  • Jillian Haile, Great Granddaughter
  • Adelaide LeBlanc, Great Granddaughter
  • Asher Bigelow, Great Granddaughter
  • Joseph George (Deaceased), Father
  • Mary Sassine George (Deaceased), Mother
  • Terry Briggs (Deceased), Son
  • Jessica Jo Evans (Deceased), Granddaughter
  • A.J. George (Deaceased), Brother
  • Michael George (Deceased), Brother

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  • John Bigelow, Pallbearer
  • Britt Labbitt, Pallbearer
  • Terry LeBlanc, Pallbearer
  • Brad Bigelow, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Jeansonne, Pallbearer
  • Phillip Jeansonne, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Chapel Service/Rosary

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, October 16, 2020


Mary Elizabeth Briggs

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Diana Durbin

October 15, 2020

Dear Mr. Briggs and Family,

I am going to miss my friend Liz, who I sit next to her at Church. She always had smile on her face and give me hugs. We talk about each other about our family. My heart and prayers to you and the family. Liz, Rest In Peace, my friend.

With deepest sympathy,
Diana and Floy Durbin

Ruth McClanahan

October 14, 2020

Liz was such a great mentor when I was only 17 years old and started new at the credit union. She always had an open door to provide unbiased guidance on personal financial matters as I learned the ways of the "adult" world. I owe her such a debt of gratitude for taking the time with me and providing the foundation to help me become successful in work, but also in my personal life. She always had a smile on her face and was very gracious around others.

Kelly Mingle

October 13, 2020

Dear Mr. Briggs, Julie, Linda and Susan,
I have such fond memories of growing up with Julie, wandering back and forth between our two homes - two loving, safe, comfortable and supportive homes.
My sincere condolences to you all. I wish you comfort and peace as you honor a loving wife and mother.



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