Dr. Edna Briggs is a native of England (Jefferson County) Arkansas, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She’s called “Faye” by family folks, and “Edna” by others. At birth, her late-Aunt Edna Moorehead Williams insisted that she be given this name, as her namesake.
Edna attended local public schools in Gethsemane and Wabbaseka, AR, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Institutional Dietetics from the University of Arkansas/AM&N located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Following undergrad life, she completed an internship in Hospital Dietetics at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She earned a Masters of Arts degree in Nutrition from California State University in Los Angeles, and later received Masters and Doctor in Public Administration degrees (with specialization in Health Services Administration and Gerontology) from the University of Southern California (U.S.C.).
She is retired from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services after 40 years of service. As a semi-retiree, she works part-time for a national health care accrediting company. Work related travel allows her to spend time photographing and researching family members in museums, state archives, libraries and cemeteries in many communities across the nation. While research activities will always reveal information on a myriad of family members, her surname priorities are Porter, Moorehead, Woolfolk , Strickland, Jones and Walker.
As a self-appointed family historian, Edna has always been an avid collector of obituaries, funeral programs, death notices, old photographs, etc. She creates memorial videos that are featured at each Jones-Walker Family Reunion, and at her all-school reunions, featuring those who have departed since the previous gathering. She and her sister, Bessie, have assisted several family members and friends in writing their obituaries. And currently (October 2015), she is holding two drafts, until they will be needed.
Edna says, “It is very important to me that I maintain control until the very end. Therefore, I will write my own obituary and funeral program in order to prevent folks from having their say at my funeral, especially those whom I did not like, or those who did not like me.”