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Barbara J. Briggs

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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