Patricia Howard Briel

Born on June 9, 1935 in Miami, Florida
Departed on February 13, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida

Patricia Howard Briel, age 86, of Melbourne, Florida passed away peacefully on February 13, 2022 surrounded by her family and loved ones. She grew up in Coral Gables and attended Coral Gables High School and later studied at the University of Georgia, where she married her beloved husband Earnest Briel, student of Clemson University. They married in Athens, GA January 7, 1954 and then lived in Clemson, where she was highly involved and a lifetime supporter of the college and its various boards.

Pat was a foundering member of the Satellite Beach library, member of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club and various women’s clubs. She enjoyed gardening, world travel with her husband, genealogy and reading. She lived in Brevard County, FL since 1961, while she also truly enjoyed her home in the mountains of Rosman, NC.

Pat was predeceased by her father Emmett Howard, mother Dorothy Howard and older brother William Howard. She is survived by her husband Ernie, and 4 sons- Robert Briel, wife Peggy, son Jesse Briel with wife Jacqui and daughter Ella Rose; Kenneth Briel, wife Cindy, Matthew Briel with wife Jenny and 3 children Andy, Ava & Parker; Angela Johnson with husband Jeremiah and two children Haley & Emma; Maressa Hakos with husband Matt and two children Mette & Loudon; James Briel, wife Krista and son Earnest James; Richard Briel, wife Theresa- daughter Amber Agnew with husband Rob and two sons Owen & Lucas, and Timothy Briel, wife Brittany and two children Lilian and Liam.

Pat requested a celebration of life in her honor as opposed to traditional funeral services. We request all of Pat’s loved ones to join the family in celebrating Pat’s beautiful life at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 North Riverside Drive, Indialantic, FL on March 5, 2022 at 11 am, with short reception at the church to follow.

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Gwen Guerin from Asheville, NC wrote on February 16, 2022:
Oh my do we say "goodbye" to such a great neighbor and friend? We don't! I hope to see you in heaven one day! I will never forget the many times you dropped in on our mother and father, Fred and Hilda Guerin, across the road, to play cards and talk and check in on them. How much they loved you and Ernie! You brought beauty and life to the neighborhood and touched many a life. Thank you for your kindness over so many years... Much love from Gwen Guerin ❤
Carole Gatto from Merritt Island wrote on February 16, 2022:
Loved you my dear friend. So many wonderful times together with Mike and me and you and Ernie. Will always cherish our times together at Suawannee and later at Rosman and of course here in Melbourne. Rest In Peace dear friend until we meet again. Love, Carole
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