Born in Verdun in 1938, Vesta’s heart was always in the Glen in West Bolton where her mother, Vera Mizener, was born on the family farm off the Glen Road. Vesta spent her formative years in Magog before returning to Montreal as a teenage free spirit. There she discovered her passions for birding and music, studying with Mario Duchesne and Jan Simon and singing in several choirs in the Montreal area. In 2004 Cedric and Vesta built their dream home on the site of the former cottage on Glen Mountain, and Vesta came full circle back to the ancestral family home which was her joy. Vesta became involved in the local community theatre scene giving her time to large and small productions alike, the highlight being her role as Artistic Director and member of the writing team for the Knowlton Players 2007 homegrown musical ‘Chickasaw’. She was a sometime member of the Creek Church Choir and sang Mezzo with the Pot Pourri Choir for 15 years.
Although Vesta lived with cancer for many years it was never what anybody noticed or remembered about her. She lived a life full of energy and determination with dignity and intentionally. She lived for her family, her friends, for the arts and her home with Cedric on the mountain. She is survived by her husband, Cedric Briggs, her sister, Sue Kelly (Larry), sister-in-law, Primrose Keist (Peter), her daughter, Carolyn (Marc), her son, Ian (Lola) and his children, Kol and Victoria, her niece and nephews, Melissa, Paul and Christopher and her step-son, Michael.
When Covid restrictions permit there will be a celebration of Vesta’s life.