Graveside services are scheduled for 2 P.M., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at South Park Cemetery for Vina Briscoe, 98, who passed Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Sunset Villa Care Center. Pastor Richard Grisham of Bethel Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11and 12, 2014 from 8 am to 7 pm at Ballard Funeral Home.
Vina was born September 22, 1915 in Okemah County, near Okfusgee, Oklahoma to William Alexander and Nancy Louellen Carter Bowers. Both parents preceded her in death. She married Robert “Bill” Craddock Briscoe on November 10, 1940 in Grandview, TX; he preceded her in death on April 24, 1981. Also preceding her in death is her sisters, Bessie, twin sisters Ida Wright and Emma Bowers, Bertie Bowers, Ollie McCullogh, twin sisters Eula Marcey and Beulah Cassity; brothers Melvin Bowers, Clarence Bowers and Winford C. Bowers.
Vina was the last survivor in her family of eleven children.
Vina loved the sport of golf. She was an avid seamstress. Made all (or a lot of) her and Bills clothes. During her lifetime she worked in a bakery, in real estate, and retired after years of service as a secretary in the District Attorney’s office.
The spelling of her name when born was Vinah but she hated the sound of it and preferred the tone of Vine-aha, so she adopted the spelling of Vina. She learned to read before she entered school by staying close to her twin sisters when they entered school. Vina was from a family that had two sets of twins.
Vina never had any children, but she was loved and cared for in her frail years by second cousin Robert E. Odell, giving her the affection only a mother would receive. Vina’s lifelong friend June Fowler had become family with thanksgiving dinners, weddings and births of grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by Robert, June, Lynn Baesler and Janet White as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.