Patricia (Patsy) Lee Murphey Briggs was born October 7, 1930 in Tribune, Kansas while her parents, Harold Lewis (“Pat”) and Hazel Lee Moore Murphey were living there. They moved to a farm northeast of Protection on Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 1941). The Murphey family was very involved in 4-H which is where Patsy learned to sew for blue ribbons – something she continued to do until she died. Both Patsy and Mike were Chicago trip winners and state project champions. The family was also active in the Protection Methodist Church.
Patsy graduated from Protection High School in 1948 and then attended Kansas State University where she married her high school sweetheart, Charles Briggs, on December 20, 1949. They celebrated 64 years of marriage prior to Charles’ death in 2014. The couple had four children: Paul Douglas, John Richard, Catherine Dawn, and Kelly Ann. The family moved to Amarillo, Texas in the early 1960’s.
Patsy was a professional seamstress who excelled at any type of sewing or needlework. In addition to sewing she loved reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church and loved attending Bible studies and fellowship groups whenever she could. She was also a member of PEO.
Patsy passed away peacefully on April 9, 2020 after battling congestive heart failure for several years. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, her husband, and her son, Richard. She is survived by her son, Doug Briggs and wife Mindy, and her daughters, Cathy Ashford and husband Dan, and Kelly Bankston and husband, Warren. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.