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Cora Briggs Owen, 1922-2017

Memorial services for Cora “June” Briggs Owen will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Ellendale. The Rev. Randy Cirksena will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Bonnerup Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.

June Briggs Owen died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at New Richland Care Center at 94.

Cora Briggs Oweng

Cora June Russell was born to parents Glen O. and Audrey B. (Gromer) Russell on Aug. 10, 1922, in Bristow, Oklahoma, the second of seven siblings. She was raised in Sedan, Oklahoma. In her younger years, she loved to play softball and high school basketball. She graduated from high school in Sedan and Draughon’s Business College in Oklahoma City.

June was married to Otos Briggs on Feb. 7, 1941. Following their marriage, they worked in the defense plants in Kansas, returning to Oklahoma and farming. In 1952 the family moved to Clarks Grove and moved to their farm north of Ellendale in 1955. Otis died in August 1977.

June was employed by Jostens and Truth Inc. in Owatonna for 14 years, retiring as traffic manager in 1973.

June married Wayne Owen at Alamo, Texas, in 1984. The couple was married for 11 years, until Wayne passed in 1995.

She was an active member of United Methodist in Ellendale, where she taught Sunday school, Bible school and was active in women’s groups. In her free time, June liked to sew and do macrame. She also enjoyed traveling, playing shuffleboard, golfing and fishing with her grandsons.

Survivors include June’s sons, Phillip (Karen) Briggs of Ellendale and Russell Briggs; grandsons Garrett (April) Briggs of Ellendale, Robert (Star) Briggs of Owatonna, Kenneth (Nicole) Briggs of Brookings, South Dakota, Denise (Brian) Bronner of Owatonna and Scott Briggs of Blooming Prairie; great-grandchildren Santana, Aaron, Shea, Alan, Tyler, Andria, Gavin, Rylee and Laken; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Joy Hotchkiss of Colorado and Carol Nelson of Clarks Grove.

June was preceded in death by her first husband, Otos Briggs; second husband, Wayne Owen; parents; brothers Glen (Florene) Russell and Robert (Lorrene) Russell; sister, Jean Pearson; daughter-in-law, Diane Briggs; and brothers-in-law David Nelson and Kenneth Hotchkiss.