Vivian Fern Briggs was born to Earl Gene Briggs and Helen Mae (Wells) Briggs on December 4, 1959 in Kansas City, Kansas.
She loved her children and grandchildren to the moon and back. She would do anything in her power for them. She also loved helping others. Her brothers and sisters grew up calling her "Fern" until she was grown and wanted to be called Vivian.
Vivian graduated from Northeastern State University with her bachelors degree in business administration. She went on to work at Fort Howard (Georgia Pacific). She also delivered mail for the United States Postal Service. She found her passion in helping the younger native generation. She worked with the Cherokee Nation Talking Leaves Job Corps for many years receiving numerous awards. Vivian was a highly respected person and always classy. She was raised with the best morals and values and always kept them. She was the most loyal and trustworthy person.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Robert Lee Briggs and Earl Leon Briggs, an uncle and five aunts.
She is survived by her children, Kristen Diane Sheppard, Grayson Banks Ramsey and Madysyn Nicole Pinney; grandchildren, Aliyah Marie Sheppard, Claude Kobe Sheppard (Kobe) and Noah Murai Sheppard, who gave her the name "MeMaw;" brothers Charles Michael Nalley (Mike) and his wife Linda, Jimmy Dale Briggs and his wife Kathleen and Bryan Keith Briggs; sisters, Linda Sue Miller, Carol Lee Denney and spouse Dwain and Margaret Ann Justice, Earlene May Von Fumetti, Velta Rose Edwards, Jeanne Hobson and Linda Gail Webster; many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends throughout the years.
Vivian Fern will be greatly missed by all.
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