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Katherine Briggs

Katherine Briggs

Tuesday, November 24th, 1925 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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POTSDAM – Katherine “Kay” Briggs, 95, widow of Robert L. Briggs and longtime resident of Potsdam, more recently of Partridge Knoll passed away late Thursday evening, February 4, 2021 at the Lapointe Adult Home in Russell.

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Kay worked for many years as a social worker for the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton and active with the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

She is survived by many nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States, as well as numerous friends in the North Country, all of whom loved her dearly.

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Cinnamon Alberto

Posted at 07:39am
When I think of Kay Briggs, I think of a life well-lived - sharing memories about her life with Bob, the aroma of baking bread, detailed reviews of whatever book she was currently reading, her never-ending quest to observe, learn, and understand. I'm grateful to have known her.

James Galasinski

Posted at 02:22pm
May we remember with grace and recall Kay Briggs's long good life. She was in good health for most of her 95 years.
And would share her many stories from growing up Ukrainian homestead in Saskatchewan to anyone who would listen.
She loved simple natural things, like birds outside her window and the changing seasons and would send the occasional email to let you know about her observations. She did not believe in the afterlife or god. But she was spiritual. She told me on many occasions the feeling of connection she had with all of you even though because of her loss of hearing no longer attended services. Many of you have given her rides and she was always grateful.
She was for many years a social worker.
Having survived her husband Bob, and many of her friends we became her family. She loved us. We lost a great, honest, grounded soul. She loved when I would come over and light a chalice and talk about Mary Oliver poems. Her heart and hands were always full of generosity. She gave gladly and generously. Though it was tough during the pandemic. Many people brought her flowers, cards, and visited her through windows. We are especially grateful and proud of the ways in which Pat Alden and Carol Pynchon helped, moved, planned and cared for Kay in these last few months. Kay told me she did not want a memorial. So, instead may our lives be lived in memorial of her and our prayers be made with the daily noticing of the beauty of birds wild with color, changes from snow to mud, and may our lived generosity be her eulogy. She would have had it no other way.

Posted at 06:57am
I remember Kay with great admiration and respect. I knew her from church and community, and from a few other points of reference. She was a fine person, and will be missed.

Posted at 05:28pm
We were fortunate to know Kay as a gracious hostess, wise counselor, and guest to our home when we first moved to Potsdam. Kay and Bob entertained the History Department many times at their lovely home, which they donated to SUNY Potsdam when moving over to Canton. Those were the days!

Anne and Art Johnson
Anne and Art Johnson

Karen Easter

Posted at 04:57pm
To Kay's nieces and nephews: I first met Kay in 1979, when I took my job as the director of Reachout, the crisis service for St. Lawrence County. Kay was the senior social worker for the St. Lawrence County Mental Health Clinic at the time, and Reachout handled after hours calls from the clinic's clients. She was a lovely person to work with, even when we had to call her for a client in crisis at 3:00 a.m., and she was extremely supportive of me as I was learning to lead an agency. Kay and Bob became friends with my husband and me, and she was a real fan of our son Hollis -- from his birth through his days performing in local music theater. When he became a bagpiper and started giving concerts locally, Kay came to every one. In the early 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union, I traveled several times to newly-free Ukraine to teach fledgling hotline directors from all over the former Soviet Union. That's when I found out about Kay's Ukrainian heritage, and we had many delightful talks about life in the Saskatchewan Ukrainian communities and about my experiences working in Ukraine. I loved Kay very dearly. She was so kind, and so interested in people and ideas all her life. I'm grateful to have had the chance to know her. Karen Easter, Potsdam, NY

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