SYLVIA RIPPY BRIDGES Sylvia R. Bridges, age 77, passed away on Wednesday August 28, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Bridges was born on September 2, 1935 in Rutherfordton, NC, daughter of the late Boyd Rippy and Clara Dalton Rippy . She is also preceded in death by one sister, Rosemary Roark and one brother Bryon Rippy. Mrs. Bridges was a woman who was loved and admired by many people. She was a devoted Christian, loyal and Compassionate friend, and beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time in the Word, painting, drawing and investing in the lives of others. Mrs. Bridges is survived by her brother, Jack Rippy. Mrs. Bridges was the mother of and survived by Sherry Spencer and husband Joel, Dixon Bridges Jr., and Chris Bridges and wife Barbara; grandmother and survived by Josh Patterson, Amanda Rau, Cameron Bridges, and Brandon Bridges; and great-grandmother to Ella Rau. She is also survived by step grandsons Shawn Spencer and family and Chauncey Spencer and family. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday August 31, 2013 at Winter Park Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC with a memorial service to follow at 11:00a.m. at the same location. A private burial will be at Oleander Gardens. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their Excellent care and support. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Winter Park Baptist Church of Wilmington and Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Wilmington. The staff of Coble Ward Smith is honored to serve the family of Sylvia R. Bridges.