Evelyn "Fern" Briley, age 89, of Bellingham, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 surrounded by family. Fern was born November 29, 1927 in Platteville, Colorado to Peter and Evelyn (Harrison) McGee. She was the oldest of three children. When Fern was about 8 years old, the family moved to the Northwood area where she attended Lynden schools. She and Marvin Briley married on November 26, 1946. Together they had a son Dana (Bonnie) and three daughters Sharon (Richard) Trull, Lana Martin and Sandra Ross. Fern enjoyed gardening, painting, singing hymns and sitting in the sun watching the birds. She was a soft spoken Christian lady, who was very giving to all. Fern was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother. Fern is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Marvin. She is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, sister Vina James, brother Patrick McGee and numerous nieces and nephews. You are invited to join the family for a 1 PM graveside service on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Nooksack Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Nooksack Christian Fellowship in Evelyn's name. Please share condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com .
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