Sharon Louise Briggs
Sharon Briggs died of natural causes at her Glenwood Springs apartment on Jan. 29, 2006. She had recently moved to Glenwood Springs after living in the West End of Aspen for nearly 45 years. She was 62 years old.Sharon was born in Wichita, Kan., on Feb. 12, 1943, to Howard and Velma Briggs. The Briggs family moved to Aspen in the early 1950s and ran a ski shop and, later, an upholstery business. Sharon attended the Aspen public school system and graduated from Aspen High School in 1961. She never married and is survived only by her faithful dog, Max.Sharon was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church for 46 years. For many years she served as church historian and as a member of the Missions Committee. She annually coordinated the Christmas Toys For Inner City Children project in partnership with His Love Fellowship in Denver. Sharon also started the Touch of Love program, through which she consistently corresponded with members and missionaries of the church by sending birthday cards, notes of encouragement and updates on church happenings.Although suffering from several disabling conditions, Sharon worked at Aspen Drug for many years and later at the Bank of Aspen. For the past 30 years she could be seen walking around Aspen with one of her beloved dogs. Max, her only surviving “family,” is currently housed at the CARE facility (947-9173) and is in need of a kind and loving new home. Max is an affectionate 5-year-old mixed-breed male who was badly shaken by the loss of Sharon.A memorial service will be at noon Monday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church of Aspen, 726 W. Francis St., in the West End. Pictures from Sharon’s 40-year collection will be shared with her friends and fellow church members.
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