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Margaret J. Bridge

MARGARET JANE BRIDGE, 86, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully at home after a short illness on May 5, 2013. Jane was born in Marion, Illinois, in 1926, the youngest child of John E. and Agnes (Walker) Batts. She grew up with an older sister and brother and graduated from Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, Illinois, where she was active in student government and Prom Queen. Her classmate, Jeane Kirkpatrick, who became U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, wrote in her yearbook, "Jane, I have always admired your leadership skills." On Christmas Day, 1948, she married Barton C. Bridge, whom she had met on a blind date. They lived in Iowa City, Iowa, where Barton attended medical school in the U.S. Navy's V-12 program. After Barton's graduation at the outbreak of the Korean War and as he prepared to go overseas as a U.S. Navy medical officer, Barton and Jane lived in Duluth, Minnesota, and Waukegan, Illinois. While Barton was on duty in the Far East from 1951 until 1953, Jane raised her two sons with her parents in Mount Vernon. Upon Barton's return in 1953, the family lived on California naval bases for a year before settling in Jefferson, Iowa, where Barton started his medical practice. In Iowa, Jane was active in her sons' young lives. Among other things, she served as a Den Mother for a Cub Scout Den of seven boys, all of whom became Eagle Scouts. In 1963, the family moved to Lafayette, Indiana, where Barton and Jane spent the rest of their lives. Jane devoted her life to her family, the heart of which was her kitchen. Family members will always remember the Sunday and holiday feasts that she prepared single-handedly over the course of many days. She was a talented cook, and her recipes will be passed down to succeeding generations. She and Barton were avid bridge players and golfers, a sport which together they enjoyed on vacations and with friends. Together they were active members and leaders of Central Presbyterian Church. Jane was active in Tippecanoe County Medical Society Auxiliary, Psi Iota Xi, and P.E.O. She was a member of the John Purdue Club and was a lifetime member of the Purdue President's Council. She was preceded in death by Barton and by her sister, Mary Lou (Batts) Stolleis. She is survived by her brother, John W. Batts (Dorothea) of Billings, Montana, her sons, John B. Bridge (Catherine), of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Thomas A. Bridge (Beth), of West Lafayette, Indiana: She also is survived by four grandchildren, Andrew T. Bridge, Lauren E. (Bridge) Thompson (Jonathan), Carrie P. (Bridge) Kinder (Joseph), and Barton T. Bridge, and four great-grandchildren, Jamison B. Kinder, Lillian P. Kinder, A. Ryland Thompson, and Sophia A. Thompson. Calling will be at Hippensteel Funeral Home, Lafayette, Indiana, from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The funeral service will be at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, Indiana, at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Place Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier from May 7 to May 8, 2013
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