Marvin Kirby Briggs, Jr.

Marvin Kirby Briggs, Jr. was born July 3, 1931 to Marvin Kirby and Verna Victoria Briggs in Roosevelt, OK. When he was young Marvin (“Junior”) and his family moved to Mt. View, OK, where Marvin played baseball and football throughout high school. Marvin attended one semester of college at Southwestern in Weatherford, OK before completing two tours in the Korean War, 1952-1954. When he was in elementary school, he met the love of his life, Mona Mae Chappelear. Marvin and Mona were married on October 7, 1951 right before Marvin entered the army. They were married 72 years. After his tours of duty, he attended Central State College in Edmond, OK where he received his Bachelor of Education. After graduation, they moved to Albuquerque, NM, where Marvin began working for Albuquerque Public Schools, starting as a shop teacher. He completed his Masters of Education degree at the University of New Mexico while working as a teacher, and went on to become an administrator for both junior high and high schools. Marvin was promoted to the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the school system and retired in September 1985.

He served on the board of directors for Nusenda Credit Union, formerly New Mexico Educators Credit Union, and was honored to have a branch named after him when he retired from the board .

Marvin was an avid hunter, fisherman, camper, and played a mean game of golf. He shot 3 holes-in-one. In 2007, Marvin and Mona moved to Houston, TX to be closer to their children and grandchildren, where they attended Calvary Chapel of Houston and he served as a greeter.

Marvin is preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as his sisters: Daisy Terry, Lucille Cantrell, Helen Terry, Geraldine Campbell, and Verna Lee Smith.

Marvin and Mona have loved their family well. Marvin is survived by his wife, Mona Mae Briggs; his children: Kay and Gary Hook and Mark and Dawn Briggs; their grandchildren: Amy Hook, Bryan and Melissa Briggs, Alyssa and Mike Gonzales and Laura and Josue Valencia; and their beloved great grandchildren: Milo, Oaklee, Lucas, and Olivia, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Marvin and the family loved Creed Colorado which is in the Rio Grande National Forest of Colorado and the family is requesting donations to the Plant-a-tree program ran by the US Forest Service.  The donation site is located at . Please select [specify a National Forest] [Colorado] [Rio Grande National Forest – CO] then enter an amount.

Later in 2024 there will be a celebration of life commemorating the incredible impact Marvin had on all of our lives.

One of Marvin and Mona’s favorite things was to receive mail from their friends and family so if you would like to share a thought or memory please send something to POBox 68, Friendswood, Texas 77549

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