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Vivian Johnson Briscoe

Vivian Johnson Briscoe

Died: Sunday, November 07, 2004
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Vivian Johnson Briscoe died Sunday evening Nov. 7, 2004, at Bon Secours Nursing Center.

Born in Henning, Minn., on July 7, 1920, to Martin Oluf Johnson and Sarah Halverson, she spent her childhood with her three sisters and one brother enjoying a caring, small-town life style that included summers at nearby West Leaf Lake. She played the viola in a school orchestra and graduated from Henning High School in 1938.

She came to Michigan to attend Grace Hospital School of Nursing, where in 1942 she earned her nursing diploma, leading to her Michigan Registered Nurse Certificate. In 1942, she married William F.R. Briscoe. In 1950, with their three young sons, the couple moved to Piche Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Briscoe’s life centered around family, friends and church, and she was known for her devotion to the needs of others. She was a role model to everyone regarding how to enjoy life’s important gifts. Known as an exceptional cook, she enjoyed sharing family traditions that included family-assisted preparation of such old-world recipes as Norwegian krumkake and lefse, springerles, rosettes, spritz and Yorkshire pudding.

During her lifetime, as a member of Burning Tree Golf & Country Club, she was an avid but not-too-serious golfer. She also enjoyed entertaining in her home, which included hostessing her ladies’ bridge club and the Knit-wits, a Grosse Pointe United Church women’s organization that knitted for charities. A member of that church since 1951, she helped organize potlucks and church rummage sales, and she served as a deaconess.

Mrs. Briscoe also volunteered time as a member of the Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and helped out as a fill-in nurse at doctors’ offices when her friends in the medical profession needed her. She was very proud of her nursing credentials.

With her husband, she enjoyed considerable travel to all continents, including a favorite trip to Scandinavia, where she was able to enjoy the culture and scenery of her proud Norwegian heritage.

In recent years, she enjoyed many friendships at the Jefferson Yacht Club.

She was predeceased by her parents, three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her husband of 62 1/2 years, Bill, three sons, William (Linda), Michael (Laura) and Richard (Penny) and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Briscoe’s remains will be interred at the Grosse Pointe United Church columbarium. While no visitation will be provided, a memorial service will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon reception following. The family wishes to extend an invitation to Mrs. Briscoe’s many long-time and recent friends to join them on that day.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Gideons International at P.O. Box 36881, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-0881, or to the Grosse Pointe United Church.
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