Sally Bridge

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Sally Jo Bridge, 58, died on her father's birthday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage.
A memorial gathering will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Dare Ave., in South Anchorage.
She was born Nov. 16, 1949, in Anchorage, the second of four children of John Withrow Bridge and Rose Alice "Babs" McDonnell Bridge.
Her family wrote: "A precocious child, Sally learned to read at age 3, developing a love for books, learning and languages that she retained throughout her life. A naturally gifted musician with a powerful voice, she also played clarinet, saxophone, keyboards and autoharp. Her performing talents, coupled with her outrageous sense of humor, kept her family and friends very well entertained throughout her life.
"John had lived in Haines in the 1930s and the family returned in 1957. In Haines, Sally developed her love of the rural and subsistence lifestyle. Her robust health and strong body made her a natural athlete, and she enjoyed fishing, playing basketball and baseball, and riding her bicycle. She graduated from Haines High School in 1967, and attended the University of Alaska from 1967 to 1969.
"Her adventurous spirit and drive to perform took her to New Mexico with an acting troupe. She returned to Alaska in 1970 and went to work for Alaska Airlines, launching her career in the travel industry for the next 15 years. Sally lived in Fairbanks, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Ketchikan and Petersburg.
"She worked for the Alaska Marine Highway System in Juneau, and then her wanderlust took her to Nederland, Colo., again in search of life as a performing artist. She returned to Anchorage in 1977, resuming her career in the travel industry working for Wien Airlines and Far North Travel Agency on the North Slope. She again moved Outside, to Seattle, where she spent several years.
"Returning to Anchorage in 1986, Sally decided to return to her Southeast Alaskan roots, spending the next 20 years in Juneau, Elfin Cove, Pelican, Hoonah, Skagway and Haines. During this time she was self-employed as a deckhand on commercial fishing vessels, worked at the post offices, schools, Pelican Seafoods and the Haines Police Department.
"Sally became ill in 2006 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in June of 2007. despite her discomfort during her illness, she continued to manifest her sense of humor, asking the staff at Providence, 'OK, anyone who's surprised I have lung cancer after smoking three packs a day for 45 years, raise your hands. Don't be shy, get those hands up where we can see them!' After her initial care at Providence, Sally returned home to Haines and was cared for by the staff at Haines SEARHC Clinic. She traveled to Juneau each month for chemotherapy at the Bartlett Hospital Infusion Center. When she became too ill to remain at home in Haines, she came back to Anchorage to be close to her family and lived at the Providence Extended Care Center until her death."
Sally was preceded in death by her father, John; aunt, Martha Bridge Sanner, and brother-in-law, Chet Koda.
She is survived by her mother, Babs Bridge; siblings and their families, Suzanne Bridge (Rick Brown and niece Kelly Horn), Colleen Bridge (Michael Moeglein and niece Kori Callison), Michael Bridge and nieces Ashley Bridge and Denali Bridge; uncle, Leo McDonnell; aunt, Katherine Kalweit and many cousins. She also leaves her dear friends, Georgia Berry Paddock of Anchorage, Jim Kaiser of Girdwood and Judy Goenett of Haines.
Sally's cremains will be scattered at the Bridge family cabin in Haines this summer.
Memorial donations may be made to Haines Hospice, P.O. Box 1034, Haines 99827 or to Providence Alaska Foundation for Providence Extended Care Center, PO Box 196604, Anchorage 99519-6604.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2008