Kathleen Ann Briggs

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Kathleen Ann Briggs

1946 - 2021

Kathy was born on March 22, 1946 in Richmond, California to proud parents James and Dorothy Jean Shull. Their first born and a "Boomer" baby arriving just after the end of World War II. Kathy would be joined later over the years by 4 other siblings, Nancy, Tom, Debbie and Jody. Kathy was energetic, curious, rambunctious and a bit mischievous. These trademarks would be part of her personality for the rest of her life. The family moved to Pleasant Hill early in Kathy's life to a new post war suburb on Kathleen Drive. Growing up here was great for the kids as the neighborhood was full of young families with children of similar ages. Kathy's personality traits occasionally got her into trouble, particularly with her stern father. That didn't stop Kathy as she even played practical jokes on her dad such as swapping the sugar and salt at the family table or sewing his underwear together in a very vital location. The prankster giggled all the way to her room.

After high school graduation Kathy got a job at the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez, her father giving her rides to work as his work was nearby. Kathy met a tall guy named Paul Lyons and they were married in 1967. Paul was in the military and went off to Vietnam causing many sleepless nights. After his tour was over, they settled down in the bay area and in 1972 daughter Michelle arrived and in 1973 daughter Karen joined the family.

Looking for a new life out of the suburban expanse that was becoming the bay area, Paul found some property in rural Cottonwood, California and in 1979 the city girl became a country girl much to her early chagrin. The family jumped into farming "whole hog" as they raised pigs for market, at times holding several hundred head of the squealing, grunting critters. This was a shock to our gal's system, but she and the girls adapted quickly and soon loved the freedom of country living.

Life continues to evolve and in 1981 Kathy decided to get back into the workplace, as a job had opened up at Roseburg Forest Products in Anderson. In her usual determined style, she soon settled in and became a face and fixture of the forestry department for the next 27 years. Forestry is a male dominated profession, but Kathy was in her element and kept the crew laughing and in line.

More life changes came and in 2002 Kathy married Gaylord Briggs at beautiful McCloud falls joined by many friends and family. Gaylord and Kathy worked together so they had to carefully balance their work and private lives. These friends shared and enjoyed work, travel, family and most importantly, each other. Kathy had a bucket list that included travel to and staying at all the Great Lodges of the west. We made all but 3 of them, however the list will be completed.

Kathy retired from Roseburg Forest Products in 2008, but soon found she needed something to do that let her engage with other people, so she went to work part time at Personnel Preference in Weed, which evolved into full time work. Medical issues forced another retirement after a few years, then she took up volunteering at Mercy Medical hospital in Mt. Shasta.

After a lifetime of giving the battle with cancer these past few months was lost on September 9, 2021. She passed peacefully into the arms of her lord in the shadow of Mt. Shasta at home with family at her side.

Kathy is survived by her husband Gaylord, daughter Michelle English (Chris), granddaughter Aubree Cox; daughter Karen Kempley (Shaun), granddaughters Alek Fitze (Adam), Madison Funk, and Sybil Funk; stepson Russ Catalan (Bonnie) grandson Jephrey Catalan; stepson Brad Catalan, grandson Spencer Catalan, granddaughter Calia Catalan; stepdaughter Jennifer Silberstein (Aaron), granddaughter Mackenzie Silberstein, grandson Dylan Silberstein, and granddaughter Lily Silberstein. Sister Nancy Jordan (Dennis); sister Debbie Judd (Wayne), and brother Tom Shull (Debbie), sister-in-law Janie Young and sister-in-law Susie Blum (Jack), and many nieces, nephews, their children and cousins.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Mt. Shasta Resort on Saturday, October 16th at 11A. Luncheon will be served after. Bring your memories to share.

Posted online on September 20, 2021

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Obituaries in Mt Shasta, CA | Mount Shasta Herald

Kathleen Ann Briggs

Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel

Kathleen Ann Briggs

1946 - 2021

Kathy was born on March 22, 1946 in Richmond, California to proud parents James and Dorothy Jean Shull. Their first born and a "Boomer" baby arriving just after the end of World War II. Kathy would be joined later over the years by 4 other siblings, Nancy, Tom, Debbie and Jody. Kathy was energetic, curious, rambunctious and a bit mischievous. These trademarks would be part of her personality for the rest of her life. The family moved to Pleasant Hill early in Kathy's life to a new post war suburb on Kathleen Drive. Growing up here was great for the kids as the neighborhood was full of young families with children of similar ages. Kathy's personality traits occasionally got her into trouble, particularly with her stern father. That didn't stop Kathy as she even played practical jokes on her dad such as swapping the sugar and salt at the family table or sewing his underwear together in a very vital location. The prankster giggled all the way to her room.

After high school graduation Kathy got a job at the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez, her father giving her rides to work as his work was nearby. Kathy met a tall guy named Paul Lyons and they were married in 1967. Paul was in the military and went off to Vietnam causing many sleepless nights. After his tour was over, they settled down in the bay area and in 1972 daughter Michelle arrived and in 1973 daughter Karen joined the family.

Looking for a new life out of the suburban expanse that was becoming the bay area, Paul found some property in rural Cottonwood, California and in 1979 the city girl became a country girl much to her early chagrin. The family jumped into farming "whole hog" as they raised pigs for market, at times holding several hundred head of the squealing, grunting critters. This was a shock to our gal's system, but she and the girls adapted quickly and soon loved the freedom of country living.

Life continues to evolve and in 1981 Kathy decided to get back into the workplace, as a job had opened up at Roseburg Forest Products in Anderson. In her usual determined style, she soon settled in and became a face and fixture of the forestry department for the next 27 years. Forestry is a male dominated profession, but Kathy was in her element and kept the crew laughing and in line.

More life changes came and in 2002 Kathy married Gaylord Briggs at beautiful McCloud falls joined by many friends and family. Gaylord and Kathy worked together so they had to carefully balance their work and private lives. These friends shared and enjoyed work, travel, family and most importantly, each other. Kathy had a bucket list that included travel to and staying at all the Great Lodges of the west. We made all but 3 of them, however the list will be completed.

Kathy retired from Roseburg Forest Products in 2008, but soon found she needed something to do that let her engage with other people, so she went to work part time at Personnel Preference in Weed, which evolved into full time work. Medical issues forced another retirement after a few years, then she took up volunteering at Mercy Medical hospital in Mt. Shasta.

After a lifetime of giving the battle with cancer these past few months was lost on September 9, 2021. She passed peacefully into the arms of her lord in the shadow of Mt. Shasta at home with family at her side.

Kathy is survived by her husband Gaylord, daughter Michelle English (Chris), granddaughter Aubree Cox; daughter Karen Kempley (Shaun), granddaughters Alek Fitze (Adam), Madison Funk, and Sybil Funk; stepson Russ Catalan (Bonnie) grandson Jephrey Catalan; stepson Brad Catalan, grandson Spencer Catalan, granddaughter Calia Catalan; stepdaughter Jennifer Silberstein (Aaron), granddaughter Mackenzie Silberstein, grandson Dylan Silberstein, and granddaughter Lily Silberstein. Sister Nancy Jordan (Dennis); sister Debbie Judd (Wayne), and brother Tom Shull (Debbie), sister-in-law Janie Young and sister-in-law Susie Blum (Jack), and many nieces, nephews, their children and cousins.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Mt. Shasta Resort on Saturday, October 16th at 11A. Luncheon will be served after. Bring your memories to share.

Posted online on September 20, 2021