LaVerna D. Briggs________________________________
LaVerne DaVeen Briggs, 76, of Anacortes, Wa., traveled home to be with Jesus on Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home, with her family by her side.
LaVerna was born in Tablerock, Neb., to David Wright Quinnett and LaZetta Mae Frazier on June 20, 1937. At age two, her parents were divorced and she was raised by her mama.
The family grew as mom LaZetta remarried and four siblings entered the picture: Darlene, Larry, Bob and Sharon. LaVerna was her mother’s right-hand helper in the raising of these two boys and two girls.
At the young age of five, she was led to Jesus by her neighbors at a Good News Club. And it didn’t stop there. As the oldest of five, you could often find her dragging all of her younger siblings to church with her. Several of her siblings serve Jesus today because of the faith of a little five year old girl was contagious.
LaVerna graduated from Selah High School in 1956 as Salutatorian of her class. She often mused that she would end up at Northwest Bible College but finances kept her from following that dream. Unbeknownst to her, God had a better plan. He led her to Central Washington Bible College, where those relationships are still some of her richest and deepest friends and blessings.
Selah Bible College became like family to LaVerna and it is there that God continued to develop her heart and ministry to children. She graduated from college with a bachelor in Sacred Literature. At this point, LaVerna was engaged to a missionary that was heading to New Guinea. She discovered her hatred of snakes and lack of privacy were great concerns. This led her to believe that God had not called her to be a missionary and that engagement ended.
She met Benjamin Leroy Briggs in the Yakima valley in 1962 and they were married in September of 1963. Crystal Lynnelle and Craig Larin were born in 1964 and 1965 sequentially in addition to Ben’s two beloved sons from a previous marriage: Timothy Lee and David Gregory. The family played tag between Washington and South Dakota several times finally settling in Wall, S.D.
LaVerna was an accountant/secretary at an elementary school/elevator operator at the Bon Marche by trade, but that is not what held her heart. It is evident by her 53 years of working as a children’s pastor, that children are what captured her heart. Somehow, her siblings that she had helped raised did not divert her from what God had called her to do! Snakes down her back and other childish pranks couldn’t deter her from God’s will! Many children serve God today because of the love of a woman named Miss LaVerna.
She will be dearly, dearly missed by so many family and friends but greatly welcomed by her Lord and Savior Whom she so faithfully served. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Benjamin, parents LaZetta and Archie, Lester and Esther Briggs, and brother, Larry.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. at Family Life Assembly of God in Anacortes, with private family burial in Santa Ana, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations in LaVerne’s name, may be made to Family Life.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wa., and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of LaVerne, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.