Leona Claire Briggs

  • Died: December 3, 2021
  • Location: Westwood, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090

Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leona Claire (Smith) (Britton) Briggs, of Fox Hill Village, Westwood, MA formerly of Needham, MA and Framingham, MA died December 3, 2021.
Loving mother of Lisa Hedrick and her husband Steven of Holliston, MA and Maribeth Breen and her husband Jack of CT, Roben Selditz and her husband David of ME, Leon R Briggs, III of FL, Lance Briggs, MD and his wife Cindy of NC, and Rebecca Chafel, DVM of IL, and adored grandmother of Kristen and Kate Hedrick, Kylah and Corey Breen, Sam and Andrew Briggs, and Franny Chafel.

Born in Quincy, MA, she is predeceased by her late husband, Leon R. Briggs Jr., her two brothers Eugene and Sidney Smith, sister Carolmarie Smith; and her first husband John J. Britton Jr. who died in 1973.

Leona was a graduate of Framingham Teachers College, class of '51. She started her career as an elementary school teacher, and she retired as the Director of Public Information at Framingham State College. After retiring, Leona became an accomplished Quilter and shared her knowledge and love of the craft with her many students and colleagues.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St. WESTWOOD, on Sunday December 12, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Funeral from the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home on Monday morning, December 13, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass Christian Burial at St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., Westwood at 10:00 a.m. Interment immediately following at Needham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leona's memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Leona through a Friday morning quilting group. She was our go to person for advice on our quilting projects. Her guidance and friendship will be missed in our group when we are able to meet again.
Of course we chatted as much as we sewed, and she often talked about her family. YouCH could tell how much family meant to her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cathie Cummings - Needham, MA - Friend   December 15, 2021

Thoughts with Lisa, Maribeth and family. I know you all share wonderful memories and those will stay alive through all of you.

Posted by Jane Hylan and gamily - Friend   December 12, 2021

I remember Aunt Leona's AWESOME knitted Christmas mittens!! And her kindness to me, her brother's daughter. God Bless!!

Posted by Jennifer Smith    December 09, 2021

I remember Leona and Leon during the years they attended Saint Paul Parish in Wellesley while I was Pastor. They were faithful and supportive Catholics. RIP
Fr. Richard Fitzgerald, St. Columbkille Parish, Brighton

Posted by Father Richard Fitzgerald    December 08, 2021

So sorry to hear about Leona's passing. She was a wonderful person. I am fortunate to own one of her lovely quilts, which had been in our local guild show.

Posted by Cathy Harless - Watertown, MA - Friend   December 07, 2021

Sorry to hear about Leonas death she was an awesome person and beyond great quilter

Posted by Carol Miller - Dedham, MA - Friend   December 06, 2021