Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mary E. (Fuss) Briggs

Genesee, PA - Mary E. (Fuss) Briggs, 70, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, died on Monday, March 9, 2015, as a result of a fire at her home. She was born December 4, 1944, in Salamanca, the daughter of the late Carl and Lucille (Smith) Fuss. On August 6, 1983, in Genesee, she married Gary G. Briggs, who died with her at home on the same day.


Mary was a 1962 graduate of Little Valley High School. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 1966, with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She completed her graduate work at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, East Caroline University in Greenville, NC, Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX, Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Mansfield State College in Mansfield, PA. 


She taught science at the Sweet Home and Wellsville School Districts before beginning her career at Whitesville Central School; where she taught for 35 years, retiring in 2002.  


She is survived by one son, Jay Seely of Loudonville, NY two sisters, Anne Stevens of Little Valley and Donna Monaghan of Albany, five nephews and one niece. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother, David Fuss.


Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5:00 pm in the funeral home, with Rev. Greg DeSalvator presiding. The family suggest memorial donations be made to Al-Anon or AA. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Aunt Mary: Your free spirit will always be with me May you run barefoot and smiling forever. -Your niece Beth

  2. glenda springer sippelMarch 15, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    I met Mary when we both attended East Carolina University one summer for Physical Science. She was a very intelligent and delightful person. I am so sorry to hear that she passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    Glenda Springer Sippel

  3. glenda springer sippelMarch 15, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    I had the good fortune of meeting Mary when we both attended summer school at East Carolina University to study Hands On Physical Science. She was a very intelligent and delightful person. I was very sorry to hear of her death. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  4. Mary was a good friend. She came to store for chemistry class supplies. How we became aquainted She proved to be a gracious lady. We had some great visits. She will be greatly missed Friends patty & Gene

  5. Mary and Gary were dear friends. We always enjoyed our visits with them whether we were invited for a meal or just dropped in, they always welcomed us sharing their home, food from their garden, delicious meals and great conversation. You are missed.
    Stan and Carol