Berna Deane Briggs
1931 - 2021
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Berna Deane Briggs (nee Metz) died peacefully at her sister's home in Durango, Colorado on January 8, 2021 at the age of 89.

Bernie was born near Cedar Hill, New Mexico on December 29, 1931 to Albert and Ruby Metz. She was the oldest daughter of eight children, and had four sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Donald E. Briggs of Durango, Colorado. Bernie and Don have three children, Nila (Russell) Stearns of Bakersfield, California, Donald (Sandrina) Briggs of Riga, Latvia and Jason (Suzanne) Briggs of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bernie grew up in Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango. Her career as an elementary school teacher began in Ely, Nevada but she soon returned to Durango to marry Don on May 13, 1953. The most important parts of her life revolved around her faith, her family and her community. She and Don were always available to lend a helping hand, a word of compassion, a meal or a place to stay. Bernie had a warm and generous heart, and was a mother to many more than just her three children. As she got older, Bernie would often call to check on family and friends to make certain that "all is well" with each one.

Berna Deane's life will continue to influence those closest to her heart and the many friends she made during her lifetime. Viewing will be held at Hood Mortuary on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10 am to Noon. A graveside service will follow on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Greenmount Cemetery. Richard May and Daren Kindred will officiate the ceremony. Contributions in Bernie's name may be made to Hospice of Mercy. All are welcome, though social distancing and current regulations will be followed. Live streaming available at

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 13, 2021.
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9 entries
January 18, 2021
thinking of all of you with care
Bonnie Gooh
January 18, 2021
thinking of you Don and family
Bonnie Gooch
January 17, 2021
Very special lady thanks for the many years of friendship
Ann M Kennedy
January 16, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful lady that I will always remember with deep affection! She was my first piano teacher. The Metz family is one of the best anywhere! Don and family I grieve with you! Prayers for all of you!
Barbara Seale Sammons
January 15, 2021
Thinking of family at this time. It was so nice to have known Berna Deane. I appreciate their open home and kindness to us in the field. It’s so wonderful that she lived first for the Lord and so she is ever with the Lord.
January 15, 2021
Jason and family,
I am sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was always a wonderful person. I hope you all are holding up as well as can be.
Chris Hamilton
Chris Hamilton
January 14, 2021
This wonderful person was my teacher on Florida Mesa .I was raised by my grandparents from Italy they did read or write English , so it was very difficult for me she taught how to read and spell . Today I do both very well.. I still have my report cards from her. I have never forgotten her.. Her
Rest In Peace.
Bobbi Jo cugnini Lucero
Bobbie Jo Lucero
January 13, 2021
Don and family, I was saddened to hear about Berna Deane's passing. I remember many years ago sitting at your house on Metz Lane on Christmas Eve. I remember your home feeling full of love and Berna Deane's hospitality is something I still remember as a young boy. I remember always getting a smile on my face when I heard her laugh, it was contagious. I'm sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. Todd Eldridge - Ray's son in Cheyenne, WY
Todd Eldridge
January 13, 2021
She made the world a better place. Her tools included listening, kindness and charity towards all. May she rest in peace.
Roger Candelaria
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