Shirley Briss, age 84, of Payson, AZ, formerly of Kensal, ND, passed away Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, surrounded by family in Fargo, ND. Shirley Ann Fredrickson was born June 25th, 1937, in Kensal. In 1955, she graduated from Kensal High School and went on to study Teaching at Jamestown College. She taught elementary school in rural North Dakota until marrying her high school sweetheart Eugene Briss on June 18th, 1960. She worked in Fargo at Cass Clay Creamery until Eugene graduated from NDSU (Go Bison), when they packed up the little red Volkswagen Beetle and moved to Alhambra, CA in 1961. Shirley raised her family in Walnut, CA where she was a member of the Walnut Valley and later the Valley Center Churches of the Nazarene. In 1995, after Eugene retired from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, they moved to Payson, AZ and built their dream home. There she was a member of, and the organist for, the Payson First Church of the Nazarene and served as an auxiliary member of Gideons International. Shirley is survived by daughter, Stephanie Fugate (Mark) of Nipomo, CA; son, Kerry Briss (Julie) of Glyndon, MN; two sisters, Joyce DeVillers of Wahpeton, ND and Karen Witt of Watertown, SD; five grandchildren, Katie Gates, Bethany Piesco, Tim Fugate, Emilee Briss, and Howie Briss; and a great grandchild, Baby Gates, due in August. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted & Erma Fredrickson; her husband, Eugene Briss; and two grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, from 3:33PM-5:55PM. Burial will be in the Spring at the Kensal Cemetery, Kensal, ND, and a memorial service will be held at a future date at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, Payson, AZ. The family requests that any donations be made to Gideons International.

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  1. Stephanie, Kerry and extended families.

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Shirley’s passing. She was a true child of Christ and full of his grace. May you find comfort knowing she is once again at your dad’s side – growing up I never saw one without the other. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you celebrate the life of your mother.

    In Sympathy and Love,

  2. We wish your family God’s comfort during this time as you remember what an amazing woman your mom and Grandma was. I know she was glad to see Eugene and will be waiting for us, but I pray your hearts are comforted as Jesus reminds you how much she loved you and how happy He is to have her with him. We all send our sympathy, prayers and Love.

  3. Stephanie and Kerry, and family….praying for God’s comfort for you all at this very sad time. May all your wonderful memories of precious time spent with your loving Mom be blessings to you now.!
    We always cherished her surprise phone calls over the years, which kept our Walnut memories and friendship alive!
    May choirs of angels escort her to Paradise!❤️

  4. Such loving thoughts of Shirley living in Payson. She was a vital part of our senior adult ministry. Always and encourager to others and sharing her faith with such zeal. Her radiance will surely be missed. Our thoughts and payers are with the family and friends. She leaves such a positive legacy of living a life with the fullness of Jesus.

  5. My husband, Larry, and I learned so much from sweet, lovely Shirley. She always greeted us saying ‘This is the day the Lord has made’ and we always answered ‘We will rejoice and be glad in it’! We lived in Payson for15 years. Shirley was one of the first sister’s in Christ who greeted us at Payson First Church of the Nazarene. To this day one of us always says to the other ‘ This is the day the Lord has made! We always say “Shirley’s right here in Colorado!” What a treasure your mother, grandmother and great grandmother was. She left footprints on our hearts ♥️ 💝 and we will never be the same because she taught us that every day is the day the Lord has made! With much gratitude to have known her! Larry and Patricia Frisbie of Loveland, Colorado.

  6. Dear Stephanie, Kerry, and families : So sorry to hear of Shirley’s unexpected passing. It’s never easy losing someone so dear to you. I will miss her phone calls. Thoughts and Prayers to all.

  7. Shirley was the most gracious lady, always kind, adored her two children. I’m glad to know she got to build her dream house.
    Heaven is her new address

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