Jean Bridges, 82, of Medford, Ore. passed away April 5, 2013 in her home of natural causes. She was born in Pontiac, Mich. to parents Daisy and Arthur Pigg May 30, 1930.
Jean was raised in Blanche, Mo. until the age of 12 when the family moved to California and later settled in Klamath Falls, Ore. where she spent her teen years. At age 18, in Klamath Falls, she married her sweetheart whose family lived across the street and had the first two of their four children, the other two of whom were born after they relocated to Medford, where Jean lived for most of her life.
In 1983 she followed her dream of living in Alaska and moved to a small log cabin in Palmer, Alaska where she spent the next eight years loving her life as a frontierswoman in her beautiful little cabin in the woods with a generator and outhouse. She was never happier. Many of her children, grandchildren, other relatives, and good friends had an opportunity to visit her there. To her great delight one of her grandchildren, Dan, lived with her there for four years. She loved fishing in Alaska and on Shasta Lake where she owned a houseboat for many years and spent many happy hours with her family. It didn't matter whether she caught fish or not, she just enjoyed fishing.
Another of her passions was square dancing and she was a member of Southern Oregon Singles for many years. As her granddaughter Diana said, she hopes Gram is square dancing in Heaven in a place that looks a lot like Alaska where she was the happiest.
She loved her sister time quilting and traveling. The sisters shared many wonderful trips traveling with their brother back to Missouri visiting family and rediscovering their roots.
She returned to Medford in 1987 to help care for her mother. She was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed her loving relationships with the great-grandchildren. She never hesitated to drive long distances to babysit, on occasion from as far away as Alaska. Her great-grandson, Colt, lived with her for most of his life and was with her at her death, as she would have wanted.
She is survived by her children, Linda Sarette, Cheryl (Tom) Hannah, Bob (Nancy) Bridges, Diane (Dennis) Kidd, and stepson, Larry Bridges; grandchildren, Daniel, Cassandra, Jennifer, Scott, Diana, Bill, Angel, Christina, and Christopher and their spouses, as well as 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Hazel Leek, Ruby Riley, and Vivian Oliver. Jean was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Lyle, Jackie, Frank, Willis, and Don.
At her request no services will be held. There will be a small gathering of immediate family to celebrate her life.