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Gene Aubrey Hargis Briscoe
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1917
Death: May 31, 2010

Gene Aubrey Hargis Briscoe, 92, of Devine, died Monday at a San Antonio hospital after a brief illness.

Mrs. Briscoe was born in San Antonio to Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Hargis, July 24, 1917. She married the late Judge Joe E. Briscoe Nov. 25, 1941.

In 1946, Judge and Mrs. Briscoe moved from San Antonio to Devine, 35 miles south, where they both lived until their deaths. Judge Briscoe died April 4, 2007.

Mrs. Briscoe attended Thomas Jefferson High School San Antonio Junior College and graduated from the University of San Antonio , now Trinity University . She taught school in San Antonio for two years before moving to Devine.

She was an active community volunteer and a member of First Baptist Church of Devine, where she taught Sunday School and served in many capacities for more than 60 years.

She was widely recognized as a gracious hostess and her home was always open for showers, parties and visiting pastors and missionaries.

Mrs. Briscoe was struck by polio during the epidemic of 1949. Her young son, Bailey; her twin sister, Grace Adele Hargis Wier; and their brother, Dr. Huard Hargis, who was treating them; all died as a result of that epidemic.

But Judge and Mrs. Briscoe refused to allow polio to change their lives. They went on to travel the world on mission trips and vacations, first with crutches and a folding wheelchair and later with a motorized one.

Mrs. Briscoe was recognized for numerous community activities and services in Devine. She was a founding member of the Devine Garden Club and the Current Events Club, serving both organizations in several offices. She was named woman of the year in Devine twice by two different organizations.

She was a past president of the Parent Teachers Association and was long associated with other school activities as a sponsor and in other capacities.

Gene Aubrey and Joe became staunch supporters of Baylor University where they were charter members of the Golden Bear Circle and were given the Founders Award.

Joe and Gene Aubrey Briscoe were awarded the James Huckins Award in 1987 and the Pat Neff Award in 1989 and also were recognized that year as Alumni Honoris Causa for their investments in the life of Baylor and its students. The Briscoes established undergraduate and law scholarships at Baylor that have helped educate hundreds of students.

Mrs. Briscoe is survived by two daughters, Dr. Harriet Harral and her husband, Paul, of Fort Worth; and Joanne Jones and her husband, Ben, of Spring Branch; four grandchildren, Huard Harral and his wife, Connie, of Burleson, Texas; Bailey Jones of Copenhagen, Denmark; Aprile Westbrook and her husband, Mitch, of Fort Worth; Corinda Fellers and her husband, Michael, of Dallas; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Devine, 308 W. Hondo Ave., Devine, TX. The family will receive friends at the family home, 412 Jefferson Dr., Devine, at 5 p.m.

Created by: Anonymous Child
Record added: May 31, 2010
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