Melvina "Vina" Canady Huffman Briggs – April 2, 2011


Vina Briggs died Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Services will be Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am at Paramount Baptist Church with Dr. Gill Lain officiating.  Interment will be at Stinnett Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 pm.  Visitation of family and friends will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral home Friday, 6-7 pm.
Vina was born June 19, 1916 in Blue Mound, Kansas to Maggie and Hugh Canady.  She was raised on their family farm with two brothers and four sisters.  She married Eddie Huffman in 1936.  She and Eddie parented five children while living in Kansas.  They moved to the Texas Panhandle in 1947 and raised their children in the Pringle, Morse and Stinnett communities.  First Baptist Church of Morse was the treasure for their spiritual growth.  Vina and Eddie were married 29 years.  Eddie preceded her in death in 1965 at the age of 54.
Vina began a fulltime career as a sales representative for World Book Encyclopedia.  She was the top company salesperson for several years and built a network of sales associates.  She advanced to Division Manager of 10 counties and became affectionately known as “The World Book Lady”. Training and equipping others to become successful were some of her greatest strengths and customers and associates became cherished friends.
Vina married Frank A. Briggs, Jr. in 1973 and moved to Amarillo, Texas. They became active members of Paramount Baptist Church.  Frank preceded her in death in 1994.
Vina‘s passion for life was intercessory prayer.  She served in the prayer room at Paramount Baptist Church.  Evangelism came easy for Vina and she would graciously and lovingly lead others to the Lord.  She loved studying the bible and taught for many years.  Vina helped teach children to read as a Host volunteer.  She also served in the Women’s Prison Ministry.  She never stopped learning or ministering.  Vina was a wonderful mother and prayer intercessor for her children and grandchildren.  Generous, steadfast, trustworthy and gracious were her qualities and lifestyle.  Compassionate and encourager were her spiritual gifts.  Her friendships were lifelong relationships and she never met a stranger.
For this reason, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  Eph 1:16

She was preceded in death by two beloved husbands, Eddie Huffman and Frank Briggs, Jr., infant daughter, Vicky Huffman, youngest son, Stephen Huffman and grandson, Douglas Statser, parents, Maggie and Hugh Canady, two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by daughters: Karon Statser and husband, Bill of San Clemente, California, Phyllis Beebe and husband, Parker of Amarillo and son, Michael Huffman and wife, Shelly of Mesa, Arizona; beloved grandchildren: Janice Casoria, Cindy Braddy, Dennis Tooms, Merinda Voorhees, Michael Huffman, Jr., Sherri Goodman, Brent Huffman, Shelly Bridges, Ronn Beebe, Paul Beebe and eleven great-grandchildren; precious sister, Della “Dolly“ Thompson of Garnett, Kansas; and special niece, Joy Carson of Eldorado Springs, Missouri.
Vina fought the good fight.  She finished the race, she kept the faith.  Now there is in store for her the crown of righteousness which the Lord awarded to her on that day.  II Timothy 4: 7&8

0 Replies to “Melvina "Vina" Canady Huffman Briggs – April 2, 2011”

  1. What a deep loss of a great and Godly lady. I have many memories of good times in Amarillo filled with her love and hospitality. Thinking of you all.

  2. Phyllis, you may or may not remember, but I met you Wednesday in Bill Hall’s office. I just wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family in the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady, and it’s amazing how much you look like her!
    May that peace that passes all understanding flood your hearts and minds as you lean on Him for comfort in the days ahead.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Jo Ann Banks

  3. It was a great loss to learn about Vina, she was a true family friend and we will greatly miss her and want to extend our sympathy to all her family at this time. May god truly comfort you.

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