Barbara J. Briggs

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Barbara Jean Young Briggs, 71, transitioned this life on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Ohio Health Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio after an extended illness.

Barbara never complained as she continued trusting in the Lord with her husband Willie J. and family members by her side.

Mrs. Briggs was born on Friday, February 2, 1951 to the late Aaron G. Sr. and Lorine L. VanBuren Young in Mansfield, Barbara was a lifetime resident. Barbara gave her life to Jesus Christ at a very young age. She began her walk with Jesus Christ at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. After leaving Mt. Calvary Baptist she became a faithful member of First Baptist church WTDM where she remained faithful until her passing. Barbara was quiet, fun loving, and a private person who loved her family dearly.

She enjoyed reading, listening to gospel music, playing games, and spending quality time with her family. Christmas was one of her favorite holidays where she would put one of her many talents to use like baking. She always baked and decorated the best cookies. Barbara loved to buy African American art which she displayed elegantly throughout her home. She usually purchased extra art to give as gifts. Barbara started working at a young age and earned an Associate Degree from North Central State College. She spent most of her working days working with money and organizing. Barbara was last employed with MBIE in Mansfield. Although she retired, she continued to work at home for herself. Until Barbara took her last breath, she continued to live by one of her favorite chapters in the Bible Proverbs Chapter 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not into your own understanding.

Left to cherish her memory husband, Willie J. Briggs Jr, daughter Kenya Young, Detroit, Michigan, stepdaughter Paula Briggs, stepson David Jones, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren including a special great granddaughter Samiyyah Carter who was always by her side, 2 sisters Debra Young Evans, Memphis, Tennessee, and Angela (Stephen) Page, 3 brothers Henry (Ann) VanBuren, Jerry (Linda) Young, and Daniel Young, brother-in-law James Jones Sr., sister-in-law Lillie M. (Mizell) Lane, brothers-in-law Narvie (Mary) Briggs, Robert (Monica) Briggs, and Ricardo (Monique) Jones, numerous Aunts, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins, a Special Sister Ms. Emma Jones.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her daughter Shannon Young, stepson Don Jones, 2 sisters Katherine Jones and Joan Day, 5 brothers Stephen, Ricky, Lewis, & Aaron C. Young and Oliver Shaw Sr., 4 brother-in-law JC Briggs, Theodore Briggs, James Evans, Memphis, TN, Harvey Day, Jr.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, January 6, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD 753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Interment at Mansfield Cemetery Association. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The BRIGGS Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. This is a hard pill to swallow. This really breaks my heart. I can only imagine the reunion you and Shannon had. Love you mom. RIH

  2. My sincere condolences, Love and prayers to the family.

  3. Betty Palmer-Harris

    My sincere condolences to the family of Barbara J.Briggs. My prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

  4. Behavior, Roger, & Chrissy

    Our condolences and prayers to & for our extended family members, we love you all. This is very heartbreaking, and I can’t even begin to describe the pain & grief that I am feeling right now and have been experiencing since the moment I received the call on Friday evening, with the devastating news that Barbara was gone. only God can comfort, strengthen, and encourage our broken hearts. Please continue to pray for the entire Young and Briggs family.

    Barbara, sleep on and take your rest, you ran this race well, and your battle is over now. I love you and I sure going to miss you, Sis. I will see you and all the rest of our family members and precious loved ones, who God has called out of this world, on the other side; but until then I will cherish all the memories of 46 years of being a part of your family, and you will live on in my heart until God calls my name.


    You fought a good fight Barb, and now it’s time to rest. You will be missed, During your time with CCDEC you we’re upstanding, honest, kind, and passionate to everyone. You always saw things through to the end, never gave up, I enjoyed working with you, you were instrumental in CCDEC lasting as long as it did, Thank you for your time, support, input, and all that you did to help try to keep it together. Sending my deepest condolences to Barbara’s family.

  6. LaVerne & Robert Westerfield

    I’m still trying to grasp that you’re not here. We have always called each other my favorite cousin and will continue. We did a lot of things together from graduation thru to cookie party. That too will continue. I miss you, I miss you….but I know you feel so much better now. Rest in peace…I’ll see you later. Much love Barbara-Reva♥

  7. Valerie Webb Harper

    My sincere condolences to your family, Barbara was such a joy to work with, talk to and laugh with. She will be missed.

  8. Mary A Dismukes

    My Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to th Family You are in my Prayers

  9. Patricia mccruter

    You have our deepest condolences, Barbara was my client at salon and my friend at senior High, I’m saddened by this. The family has our continued prayers

  10. Dear Angela & Steve,
    We are praying for comfort to you and the family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in our Lord and Savior.
    Elmer and Karla Hale

  11. My condolences to the Young-Briggs family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. D J Lady Chocolate - Fayette Battle

    My deepest Condolences to the family praying for all.

  13. My condolences to the family. God be with you all at this time.

  14. Phyliss Jefferson

    Condolences to the Family of Barbara Briggs during thus time of grief.

  15. Pamela Richardson


  16. To the VanBuren, Young, Briggs Families, You are in our hearts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Praying for the family. Wilma and James “Smooth” Watkins.

  17. Jeff, Roz, Willie Crittenden and Zonie McCowan

    Praying always for the Briggs and Young families!

  18. Carolyn Chapmon

    Praying for the Briggs Family

  19. To the Family of Barbara Jean Young Briggs
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and trying time. Barbara was a wonderful person who will be missed by all of us. Take care and God will see you through!
    With Love,
    Ruthie Johnson and Family

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