Myrtle Belle (Drown) Briscoe, 92, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Main Street Manor of Russell.

Myrtle was born September 29, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George Lester and Margaret Belle (Ross) Drown.  She grew up in Jamaica Plain and Weymouth, Massachusetts.  She graduated from Weymouth High School in 1941.

Myrtle was the manager of the Russell Elks Lodge for over 25 years. Before that, she was a waitress for many of the restaurants in the Russell area. She was a five time President of the Russell V.F.W. Post 6240 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Russell Regional Hospital Auxiliary.  She loved to read, play cards, bingo, cross stitching and collect butterflies.

Surviving family include three daughters, Deborah Pickens (Larry) of Russell, Kansas, Kathy Norris (Shawn) of Las Vegas, Nevada and Becky Jamison (Dennis) of Buda, Texas; four sons, Gary Briscoe (Donna) of Gouverneour, New York, Wayne Briscoe (Kathryn) of Eudora, Kansas, Bill Briscoe of Preston, Connecticut, and Edward Briscoe of Leavenworth, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bruce Briscoe, brothers, Donald Drown and William Drown; and four nephews.

Celebration of Myrtle’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, July 22, 2016 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.  Burial will follow in the Russell City Cemetery in Russell, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.   Memorials have been established with the Russell V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Russell Regional Hospital Auxiliary.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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