AL AND JEAN BRIGGS

Al and Jean Briggs together at the 2017 Relay for Life of Warren County. Both cancer survivors themselves, they founded a support group for people with cancer and their loved ones. Jean Briggs passed away June 3, 2019.

The 2019 Relay For Life of Warren County will honor Jean Briggs, who passed away Monday, June 3, at her home in Innsbrook at the age of 84.

Briggs will be honored posthumously at the 2019 Relay For Life of Warren County June 7 along with her husband of 63 years, Al, said event organizer Kate Bohn, American Cancer Society Community Development manager.

“We’re honoring Al and Jean. We will be honoring Jean’s life and the impact she has had on others,” said Bohn.

Each year organizers select individuals, usually local cancer survivors, to honor at the event. Bohn said the couple were selected because of their longtime dedication to cancer patients, cancer survivors, their loved ones and caregivers.

Jean was a cancer survivor and active with the American Cancer Society and its Relay For Life of Warren County. She and Al founded The Inspirations Cancer Support Group. The support group, which is on hiatus, had met for years to help cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones connect and cope.

Relay For Life events are held in communities throughout the world. It is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Funds go toward programs that contribute to cancer’s prevention, treatment or cure.

Relay For Life of Warren County will be held from 4-10 p.m. in the field house at Black Hawk Middle School, 302 Kuhl Ave., Warrenton. With forecasts calling for rain, the event was moved indoors.

Bohn hopes the entire community will help pay tribute to Jean and Al. She said the microphone will be open to anyone who wants, or needs, to talk about Jean.

Organizers had already been asking the community to send in or prepare oral testimonials about Jean, Al, and the support group.

“We’d love to have as many people at the event as possible for pictures and personalized letters to be made,” Bohn had said.

The Relay For Life opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. and will include tributes. The annual survivor lap will follow. The luminaria ceremony, which allows guests to remember loved ones who lost their battle with cancer, will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Bohn said Jean will be included in the luminaria ceremony.

Jean was born May 5, 1935, in Eolia, Mo. She and Al married Aug. 2, 1953, at Whiteside Baptist Church in Whiteside, Mo. They had five children and 12 grandchildren.

Jean was a homemaker and volunteer. She participated in church missions with Fellowship Baptist Church in Warrenton. In additional to the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, she volunteered with Look Good — Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Road to Recovery and Agape Ministries.

Bohn said she will be providing Al with copies of tributes made to Jean at the Relay For Life event.

Services for Jean will be held at Martin Funeral Home the following day. A Celebration of Life will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at Fellowship Baptist Church, 1015 South State Highway 47, Warrenton. Funeral services will begin at noon at the same location. A luncheon for all will immediately follow the services in the fellowship hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to the Warren County Relay For Life, in care of Martin Funeral Home, 510 E. Main St., Warrenton, MO 63383. Online condolences may be made at www.martinfuneral.net.

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