Obituary, Nancy Lynne Briggs

Nancy Lynne Briggs, 69, of Millerton, NY, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024, at her home in Millerton with family, including cats, next to a hot woodstove.

Born on November 28, 1954 in Poughkeepsie, NY, Nancy was the daughter of the late Vincent and Cora (Tobin) Hynes. After marrying Daniel Briggs in 1973, she joined the US Peace Corps and moved to the Philippines, where she worked on programs that focused on family health. Returning to the US in 1975, she enrolled at Dutchess Community College and began a long career in nursing starting at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She moved on to Sharon Hospital, where she started working in Labor and Delivery, then earning a BS from Empire College. The second half of her nursing career was spent at Danbury Hospital, where she became a manager and mentor.

Nancy enjoyed traveling. With Dan, she travelled across southeast Asia in her formative years and never stopped exploring. The outdoors, live music, books, knitting and quilting were priorities throughout her life. This did not slow down during her illness. At her core was a life in service to others, be it her family, new lives brought into the world, her staff at Danbury Hospital, or numerous cats at The Little Guild who needed a kind word and a gentle pet.

In addition to Dan, Nancy is survived by three sons, Jeff Briggs and his wife, Katherine Kimbrell, of Boston, MA; Matthew Briggs and his fiancée, Taylor Larsen, of Saugerties, NY and Kevin Briggs of Great Barrington, MA. She is also survived by a brother, Vincent Hynes of Poughquag, NY; a sister, Carol Robin of Poughquag, NY and five grandchildren: Owen Briggs, Zoe Briggs, Lila Jane Larsen Jones, Tobin Kimbrell and Alexander Larsen Briggs.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 at Christ Church Episcopal, 9 South Main Street, Sharon, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Little Guild Animal Shelter, 285 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796 or online at

Author: Harlem Valley News