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Doris Briggs

Doris M. Briggs (Evensen)

July 19, 1929 - January 5, 2021
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Doris M. (Evensen) Briggs, 91, a longtime Chelmsford resident, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Billerica Crossings, Billerica, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Stuart M. Briggs, Jr. who passed away in 1989.

She was born on July 19, 1929 in Gardner, MA, and was a daughter of the late Christopher H. and Lillian (Anderson) Evensen.

Doris was raised in Gardner and Templeton where she was a graduate of Templeton High School with the class of 1950. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in History in 1954 at Mt. Holyoke College where she earned a full scholarship. Her first job after college was teaching in Westford for 4 years at what is now known as the Rhoudenbush Center. She briefly then worked for the American Heart Association before moving to Melrose. Here while raising her family, she tutored students at home and worked in the Melrose Library. In 1994, Doris moved to Chelmsford where she served as a Town Representative. Prior to her retirement, she also worked for Equitable Insurance in Boston for 6 years and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for 11 years. In her spare time, Doris enjoyed reading and her memberships in the Moving-On Group for Widows, Great Decisions Group, League of Women Voters, and NAMI. She was active in the Chelmsford Senior Center where she enjoyed bridge and knitting. Most of all, Doris cherished the time spent with her family.

Doris leaves her daughter, Anne Burns and her husband Dana of Millbury, MA, her grandchildren; Amanda W. Burns and her fiancé Matt Dienhart of Apex, NC, and Christopher S. Burns and his wife Ruth Blaisdell of Chelmsford, her sister Janet Carr of Stowe, MA, her sisters-in-law Joanne Evensen of Mission Viejo, CA and Vinny Abel of Wellesley, and her brother-in-law William Briggs of Savannah, GA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Sadly, she is predeceased by her son James L. Briggs and her brother David Evensen.

Visiting Hours will be held on Saturday, January 9, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Graveside services will be held privately. You are invited to view the graveside service live on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 11:00 am. Please click on the livestream link below her obituary here at the time of the service. A memorial service will be held in the future when safe for all. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice Services of Massachusetts, 681 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.

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  • Visitation

    January 9, 2021 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    January 9, 2021 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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You are kindly invited to view the Graveside Service live on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 am. Please click on the livestream button here below her obituary at the time of the service.


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Joanne, Karen, Yvonne, and Suzanne

Posted at 12:29am
Anne: We are thinking of you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Anne Burns Posted at 01:02pm

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts snd words. She loved visiting all of you in California The tree planting is so nice- she would have loved that .

Joanne Evensen

Posted at 01:07am

I first met Doris at their family home at 9 Rich Street in 1956. I remember attending her wedding while I was still dating David. The church was in Templeton Center. I remember her always loving Heywood Wakefield furniture; her father Christopher worked there for many years. Doris and Stu came out to California several times to visit and see our family as our kids were growing. She came to visit in 2002 just as David and I were moving out of our home in Torrance to our current home in Mission Viejo. She used to call and talk to David once a week, and after he passed, she would call and we would talk. She will be missed.

Bill Briggs

Posted at 09:56pm
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Amanda Burns

Posted at 07:12pm
Every day I wear two rings that my grandmother Doris, “Grammy”, used to wear—a blue glass stone ring and her engagement ring, which is now on my finger to recognize my own engagement. Every day I can look down at my hands and recall my Grammy. I hope I make her proud. She was a wonderful, loving influence in my life and I’m so glad for the time I had with her. I’ll miss her. Love you, Grammy.

Katy Abel

Posted at 04:51pm
Very sad to learn of the passing of my Aunt Doris, shown below with my mother, her sister-in-law, Vinny Abel. She was a gentle soul. I admired her keen intellect, love of family, strong work ethic and legendary frugality! Thinking back on many happy memories of holidays spent together with our families, and her beaming face at my Thanksgiving table for so many years. Rest In Peace, Aunt Doris - your work is done but your spirit lives on in us.

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