|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 2011|
BRIGGS, Catherine "Kay" Laughton Briggs, of Vernon, CT, formerly of Somers and East Windsor, passed away on April 14, 2011 surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
She was born in Templeton, MA on June 16, 1915, the daughter of the late Cecil C. Laughton and Katherine Knox Laughton.
She was valedictorian of the Harmony High School class of 1932, in Harmony, ME. She majored in English at Colby College in Waterville, ME and graduated in 1936, Phi Beta Kappa. In 1937 she was awarded a post-graduate scholarship to study in Treguier, France, where she taught English to French students. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and earned a MA in French from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
Catherine taught English, French, and Latin for eight years in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire before settling in Hartford, CT where she met her late husband, Arthur Briggs, in 1947.
They married in 1948 and were together for 59 years before his death, in May 2007. She taught in the East Windsor school system starting at the Ellsworth High School in 1954 and taught from 1954 to 1981. During her tenure at East Windsor High, she taught French, Spanish and at times Latin. Catherine was a scholar who loved learning. Teaching others was her gift that she shared with the world. She always encouraged her children, grandchildren, and students to fulfill their potential by completing their education and pursuing their dreams.
She sent books to her grandchildren who lived far from her, and tutored and read to those that were close. Catherine had an endless imagination and was a gifted writer. Her children have memories of her weaving new tales each evening of "the mousie" and other imaginary and mischievous characters. She was a talented painter and her paintings decorate the walls of her Vernon home. She loved to garden and play the piano. She also did extensive research in family genealogy and discovered family roots that traced back to the second boat, "the Fortune," the same boat that her late husband's family was traced to as well.
She leaves behind her son, Warren Briggs of Milford and two daughters, Diane Briggs of Vernon and Susan Briggs of Stafford; six grandchildren, Colleen Ferguson of Dartmouth, MA, Katherine Ferguson of Hartford, Julie Alonso of Hartford, Amy Briggs of Northampton, MA, and Timothy and Patrick Fay of Stafford; seven great-grandchildren, Grace Alonso, Zachary Valton, Tariq, Ibrahim, and Salma Chaudhary, Camden Hudson Fay, and Lilliana Fay. She was predeceased by her grandson, Anthony Alonso in 2004.
Her family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 3-6 p.m. Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers, CT.
The burial will be held at a future date to be determined.
Her family would like to extend special thanks to all those who made her last days comfortable, especially Sharon Walsh, Barbara Lawrence, and Johanna LaBoy who cared for Catherine in her home. She was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Somersville, a member of the Penelope Terry Abbey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor.
Memorial donations may be made in Catherine's name to a charity of one's choice. For directions, further information, or to leave an online expression of sympathy for the family, please visit:www.somersfuneralhome.com
Published in The Hartford Courant on April 16, 2011
Specifically: The burial will be held at a future date to be determined.
Created by: GrannyT
Record added: Apr 18, 2011
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