Elda Kathryn Briggs

May 3, 1929 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Elda Briggs Obituary

Elda Kathryn Moschell Briggs, 94, Kokomo, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024. She was born at home on May 3, 1929, to William F and Alma (Stangohr) Moschell, Roswell, SD.  She was married February 14, 1953, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Howard, SD, to Raman C Briggs who passed away on May 22, 2016.

Elda graduated from Fedora High School in SD in 1947.  She attended General Beadle State Teachers College (now Dakota State College) in Madison, SD.  She worked as a secretary in Madison, Brookings, and Rapid City, SD and also in Cody, WY.  Her last employment was with Kokomo Center schools in Adult Basic Education for 26 years and was a member of the Retired Indiana Public Employee Association.

Elda became a member of 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church on March 26, 1958, and served on the Board of Deacons for six years, a member of Linea Souder Circle.  She was Treasurer and Moderator for the Women's Association and participated in the Wednesday Bible Study and Young at Heart.

She had two sons, Tracy G (Theresa) Briggs, Columbus, NE, and their children, Katherine “Katie” Briggs and Curtis Briggs and John R (Lynne) Briggs, Germantown, WI, and their children, Whitney (Christopher) Benhatzel, Caitlin, and Erin Briggs, and one daughter, Joyce L Briggs Lantz, New Buffalo, MI, and her children, Emma and John “Jack” Lantz.

She is survived by one brother, Richard (Bonnie) Moschell, Kenosha, WI, one brother-in-law, Howard Moore, Howard, SD.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (Raman Briggs), three brothers and three sisters with their spouses—Alan (Virginia) Moschell, Harold (Dolores) Moschell, Ardath (Sterne) Walker, Myrna (Howard, still living) Moore, and Deloris (Robert) Nelson, and William (Karen) Moschell.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 West Jefferson Street, Kokomo, IN, with Pastor Joyce Harris officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. A private burial of remains for her family will be held at Marion National Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s building fund, in Elda’s name. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at

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February 3, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church
2000 West Jefferson Street
Kokomo, Indiana 46901

Celebration of Life
February 3, 2024

12:00 PM
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church
2000 West Jefferson Street
Kokomo, Indiana 46901

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