Gloria Bridges
1940 - 2020
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Gloria Bridges

Mt. Vernon - Gloria Jean Bridges, 80, of Mt. Vernon, IN, passed away October 16, 2020. She was born September 27, 1940 in Posey County, IN to the late Lawrence and Mary (Higginbottom) Stratton.

Gloria grew up in Mt Vernon, Indiana and married Larry Bridges when she was seventeen. Her life took a major change and began an exciting adventure when in 1961, with a toddler (Tim), an infant (Tammy) and a baby (Robin) on the way, Larry joined the US Army. Gloria's life was then one of frequent moving between Army bases in Georgia, Texas (where Robin and Rod were born), Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri and even two separate stints in the Panama Canal Zone. In the late 1970's Larry retired from the Army and he and Gloria returned and settled back in Mt Vernon.

Gloria had three passions in life - she loved her grandkids and great grandkids, she loved, and excelled, at playing Bridge and she loved her little three-legged dog, Zoe. Gloria struggled with her health and often had difficult days but seeing one of her grandkids or great grandkids always lit up her face with a huge smile. In these difficult times, it was often a FaceTime call with the great grandkids that made her day. Bridge was always a big part of her life and happiness. She was a Silver Life Master in Bridge and was often sought out as a valued partner by regional players for big tournaments. She loved it! Finally, there is Zoe. She loved that little dog and thought that they were so perfectly matched. Zoe brought her a lot of joy over these past few years.

Gloria attended Bible study. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and trusted God. She knew He would wrap His arm around her and comfort her in her worst times. Gloria was loved by many and will be missed!

She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Matt Winiger; and three sisters.

She is survived by her children, Timothy Bridges (Abby), Rodney Bridges (Susan), Robin LeGate (Bob), Tammy Winiger (Kelly); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard Stratton (Martha), William Larry Stratton (Joanie), Johnny Wayne Stratton, Linda Hutchinson (Edward) and Karen Wichser (Mark).

Private family services will he held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association.

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Published in Courier Press from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Gloria will remain in our hearts forever.
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