Tabor said she was compassionate, calm and insightful and knew no strangers. He also recalled how “tough she was, yet gentle and patient. She was victorious as she walked and worked this earth. She made her transition peacefully with her family by her bedside,” he recalled.
Mattie Briscoe was born on Dec. 16, 1912, to Bert and Rosa Harper in south Atlanta near The New Schools of Carver. She graduated from BTW and finished Clark College in 1935, second in her class. She immediately taught school at BTW and later received her master’s. She was married to Marc and they enjoyed 53 years of marital bliss. From this union came two daughters, Marcia and Julia.
An avid traveler and dedicated volunteer, the deceased was a member of several organizations, including the Joyman Wives, the Fulton County Council on Aging, Retired Teachers Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she was one of the oldest living members. As a “Delta Dear,” she was currently a member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Hall of Fame. She was an active member of Central, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the United Methodist Women and the ROSA Senior AARP.
In eulogizing Briscoe, Rev. Thomas praised her as one who served God and “lived a long and well life.” She was a woman of substance and quality, who knew how to balance her sorority, work, church, and AARP. “We can say in confidence that she lived a life with God and He awarded her with righteousness.” Rev. Thomas concluded, the deceased was “a job well-done.”
A medley of songs was played by Lawrence Weaver, with a musical selection from Michael Hoskin, saxophonist, and a solo by Sandra Livsey-Martin.
Briscoe was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Marc, who passed in 1997, and is survived by two daughters, Marcie Briscoe and Julie Tabor; grandchildren, Addis Lewis (Jerel), Jolen and William Tabor, several nieces, grandnephews and a host of family and friends.
Murray Brothers Funeral Home gave acknowledgements, handled the remains and was in charge of the burial held at Westview Cemetery.