October 10, 1961 ~ May 20, 2021

Born in: Henderson County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Darlene Edmundson Briggs, 59, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021 at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.

Darlene was born October 10, 1961 in Henderson County to the late Charles Spurgeon Junior and Mattie Jo Corn Edmundson. She grew up in Biltmore in a 1-bathroom house with her 5 siblings; She was resilient. She was a graduate of TC Roberson High School, class of 1979.

Over her 59 years, Darlene both gave and received an immeasurable amount of love. She embodied the word. She radiated acceptance. She was a listener and a forever friend to everyone she met. In 1988, she married her best friend, Steve, and together they made their very own all-star team with their kids, Sarah, Maggie, and Zachary. She was the oldest and coolest member of the AFBC youth group and loved her church family dearly. She was a 25 year survivor of breast cancer, and a 16 year survivor of a bilateral lung transplant. Darlene was an example of strength and courage to all who met her. The cherry on top of her beautiful life came in January of 2020 when she became a Granna to her sweet granddaughter, Willa Grae.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Robert Stephen Briggs; three children, Sarah Elizabeth Briggs Amoth (Chase), Mary Margaret Briggs, and Zachary Warren Briggs; five siblings, Barbara Edmundson, Chuck Edmundson (Dede), Betsy Harmon (Chuck), Charla Youngblood, and Kenny Edmundson (Jana); one granddaughter Wilhelmina Grae Amoth, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Darlene’s life will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 1:00pm at Arden First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:00am -1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Caring House in Durham (https://caringhouse.org/donate) or Donate Life North Carolina (https://www.donatelifenc.org/you-can-help).

Services

Funeral Service: May 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Arden First Baptist Church
3839 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: May 29, 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Arden First Baptist Church
3839 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704


Burial:

Shepherd Memorial Park
US Highway 25
Naples, NC

828-252-3535

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Steve
    so sorry for your loss. at least you have the comfort of knowing she has a brand new body now and will not suffer any more. my thoughts are with and prayers are with the whole family.

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  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Even though we never knew Darlene, Betsy kept us informed of her journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Much love from Mobile ❤️ ⛪️ ❤️

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  3. Barbara & Family – Wayne told me about Darlene. I am so very sorry! My loving thoughts & prayers are with you. Lots of love! Sylvia

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  4. Steve and Family,
    I have no words to express my sadness! A dear friend and a true inspiration of Faith! Blessings and Prayers!

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  5. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I loved Darlene as a family member. She endured more than any of us and is in her most deserved mansion in heaven. What a blessing she was to all of us with such bravery and courage. She is new and relieved at last. Love you, Sara Cummings

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  6. Darlene leaves a great legacy of love, smiles, and laughter. Her beautiful smile is what I fitst remember her, even through pain, she smiled. Her work ethic was unbelievable.
    Her love lives on through her great family, and I am sure the angels welcomed her as she entered heavens gate.

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  7. Steve we are so sorry to hear about Darlene. We are thinking of you and your family.
    Mike, Becky, Amanda and Sam
    Coleman

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  8. Steve and Family,
    He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 25:8.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

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  9. So sorry to hear this news. May happy memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. She will always be watching over you as she uses her angel wings.

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  10. We are thinking of all the Briggs and Edmundson family, as the loss of a wife, mother, and sister can never be filled. Darlene faced all of her health challenges with grace and dignity, we offer our sincere condolences.

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  11. My memory of Darlene is Psalm 23. For
    me she personify these words, with her humble heart, her beauty, her actions. Very few have the gift to live up to this level of Faith. My beloved Maggie, Zach, Sarah and Steve, do not worry, never despair, you shine of the same light that will protect and inspire you.

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  12. To all the Edmundson and Briggs families,
    Darlene’s life is a testimony of one who yielded herself to the plans and purposes of God. The people she loved and met are witnesses to this fact. We pray for you as you grieve, but rejoice in the knowledge Darlene is alive now more than ever. Her joys are forever!

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  13. Darlene was one of those friends that even when you don’t see them often they are always a friend. I loved her dearly♥️

    I am praying for comfort & peace for the family🙏🏻

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  14. Dear family,
    We are saddened by this news, and pray the peace of God that passes all understanding brings comfort to each of you. Thankful she with her Savior, and thankful for the promise of heaven where we know we will see them again.
    Randy and Marsha Teague

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  15. Dear family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Darlene. She was so very kind and welcoming to our daughter Hallie that I felt we knew her. She was no doubt an incredibly loving person who touched many lives in such a positive way. Please accept our deepest condolences. We are pleased to donate to the Caring House in her memory.

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