Ida's Story

HARTLAND AND MACHESTER, CT - Ida Fox Briggs, 96, died October 23, 2015 at the Hartford [CT] Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1919, a daughter of Elmer Eugene and Ethel (Webster) Fox in East Stoneham, Maine. She graduated from Harmony [ME] High School (1936), Ring School of Psychiatric Nursing in Arlington, MA (1938), Symmes Arlington Hospital with affiliations at Boston Lying In Hospital for Obstetrics in Boston, Charles Chaplin Hospital for Contagious Diseases in Providence, RI , Boston Floating Hospital for Pediatrics in Boston (1938-1941) and received her nursing degree in 1941.

She served as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Nurse Corps from 1942-43 and as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Nurse Corps from 1943-1944. She was Superintendent of Nursing and Assistant Hospital Administrator and office nurse at Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital in Hartland, Maine from 1947-1980. Ida was a communicant of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Palmyra.

She is survived by a daughter Candace B. Cooper and her husband, Jack of Huntsville, AL; a daughter Cynthia B. Herbst of Hoosick, NY; a son, the Rev. Paul R. Briggs, II and his wife, Barbara of Pennington, NJ; a step-daughter, Dorcas R. Miller and her husband, Ken of Concord, MA; a step-daughter Jennifer Hargreaves and her husband John of East Boothbay, ME; a brother Richard Fox of Fryeburg, ME; a sister Marjorie Jordan of Veazie, ME; a sister Virginia and her husband, Levi of Lakeland, FL; twelve grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ida was predeceased by her husband Paul R. Briggs, MD in 1985 and a step-daughter Beverly B. Hardacre.

Viewing will be at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport from 5-7 PM on Friday October 30th.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday October 31st 2015 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Palmyra. Internment will immediately follow the funeral services at Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 107, Palmyra, ME 04965. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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