Former city council president dies

Wayne Allen

June 26, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A former President of Portsmouth City Council has died. Edith Brisker Biggs, 96, of Hill View Retirement Center, died Wednesday afternoon. She was appointed to Portsmouth City Council from the Fourth Ward in 1991 and elected in 1992. Biggs was President of Council from Jan. 3, 1994, through Dec. 31, 1995.

Biggs became president when her name was drawn during the organizational meeting on Jan. 1, 1994. At that same meeting, Lisa Mamas of the Third Ward, was selected as vice president. The choosing of the two positions by lot was made necessary when Council split 3-3 in voting for the nominees for each office.

Biggs was a retired school teacher from the Ohio and Kentucky school systems. She taught for 40 years. In her early years as a teacher, Biggs taught in the Valley School District, but most of her teaching career was in the Portsmouth City School District. After retiring from teaching in Ohio, Biggs taught in Kentucky.

Prior to teaching in Kentucky, in her then-35 years of teaching, she had never taught in a one-room school. But in her new job, she taught 29 seven- and eight-year-old students in Lewis County Elementary School.

In addition, Biggs was also the state president for Ohio Alpha Delta Kappa (AΔK)—Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.

She has one son, Jay D. Biggs, and one grandson, Hunter Biggs, who survive her. She also has one sister, Charlotte J. Buckler of Lucasville, who survives her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Brisker and Margaret Brisker; and her brothers, Harold R. Brisker, Gerald A. Brisker, Edwin E. “Bob” Brisker, and Harry L. Brisker, Jr.

Biggs’ nephew, Scioto County Domestic Court Judge Jerry Buckler said funeral arrangements are pending at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.

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