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Kathryn "Kay" Ivey Briggs
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Kathryn "Kay" (Ivey) Briggs, a Middletown resident for over 70 years, died April 2, 2017 at the age of 100. She was born in Birmingham, AL on Oct. 7, 1916 to John Barna Ivey II and Katherine Fern Ivey. She graduated with a French major from Birmingham Southern University in 1937 and then set out on the adventure of a lifetime. She sailed for France with a group bound to teach English to French students. On the boat, she met Morton Briggs whom she would marry in 1941. This French connection lasted a lifetime.

After the wedding, Kay joined Morton at Harvard while he finished his PhD in French. Their next move was to Middletown where they joined the Wesleyan community and would remain for the rest of their lives. They traveled the world and spent a total of 9 yrs in France (2 yrs with the whole family).

Kay taught French in local schools, worked at Wesleyan's Honors College and was active in many community organizations.

Kay is survived by her three children: Christopher of Marlborough, NH; Kirk of Vineyard Haven, MA and Kate Holmes of Grand Junction, CO; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A gathering in her honor will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm at The Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457 or the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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Inn at Middletown

70 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457


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