Bridges, Mary

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Mary Agnes Rita Mudd Bridges, 96, of Chicago, IL, died peace­fully on Au­gust 20, 2020, at Bethesda Re­hab and Se­nior Care in Chicago. Mary was born De­cem­ber 2, 1923, in Ruma, IL, the daugh­ter of James Vic­tor and Mary Edna (Dono­hoo) Mudd. She mar­ried Ray­mond John Bridges on De­cem­ber 2, 1946, in Chicago (when asked how they met, dad al­ways said, “Your mother won me in a poker game.”). He pre­ceded her in death on April 1, 1997. Mary was the third born and el­dest daugh­ter of ten chil­dren. She went to a one-room school­house in Ruma through third grade. The fam­ily then moved to East St. Louis, IL, and she fin­ished her grade school years at St. Mary’s School. She grad­u­ated from St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis, in 1942. Mary was of­fered a one-year col­lege schol­ar­ship for grad­u­at­ing first in her class but turned it down be­cause she was needed at home. She moved to Chicago, alone, dur­ing World War II, and had her first child, Kath­leen, at the St. Vin­cent DePaul Or­phan­age in Chicago. Mary’s par­ents raised Kath­leen. Mary then met and mar­ried Ray and they had six chil­dren. With her youngest still in di­a­pers, Mary re­joined the work­force and worked full time till 1990. In her six­ties, she at­tended Mun­delein Col­lege in Chicago and grad­u­ated with high hon­ors with a BA in Phi­los­o­phy; her 1986 se­nior re­search paper was “Kant’s Moral The­ory.” Mary also trav­eled ex­ten­sively across the US and a num­ber of other coun­tries in­clud­ing Mex­ico, Canada, Ire­land, Bos­nia, and Herze­gov­ina. She be­came an ex­cel­lent cook (dur­ing her child rear­ing days, money was short, food op­tions were lim­ited; when her chil­dren grew up, she got to dis­play her true culi­nary skills), she wall­pa­pered many a room (old school style, with that paste!), re­uphol­stered many a chair, and was an avid writer (po­etry and prose) and reader with her fa­vorite book be­ing James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” She was a sub­scriber to the Lyric Opera in Chicago for many years. Her fa­vorite singer was Tony Ben­nett. In her seven­ties, Mary stud­ied French at a lo­cal ju­nior col­lege. Mary loved Chicago, was a life­long Demo­crat, and said her only re­gret was that she might not live long enough to vote for Joe Bi­den. Sur­vivors in­clude her seven chil­dren: Kath­leen (Mudd) Coder of Belleville, IL; Mau­reen Bridges of Oak Park; Sheila (Tom) Brenner of Worces­ter, MA; John Bridges (Chuck Smith) of Quincy, IL; Tim Bridges of Chicago, Terry (Karen) Bridges of Chicago, and Pa­trick (Elaine) Bridges of Chicago; 13 grand­chil­dren; 10 great-grand­chil­dren; 8 great-great-grand­chil­dren; 1st great-great-great­grand­daugh­ter is due in Septem­ber; and sis­ter Mercedes Tonies, of Poynette, WI. In ad­di­tion to her hus­band, Mary was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; broth­ers James, Hugh, Ge­orge, Bert, and Richard Mudd; sis­ters Alice Pin­ion, Rose Lemieux, and Edna Mar­can­to­nio; and great-grand-daugh­ter Rachel Sale. Mary will be cre­mated fol­low­ing a pri­vate fam­ily ser­vice due to COVID-19 guidelines, and in­terred next to her hus­band at the Bridges fam­ily plot in Rose­hill Ceme­tery in Chicago (Sec­tion 119, Lot 24). A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held at some point in the fu­ture when we can all cel­e­brate it safely and joy­fully. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a do­na­tion to ei­ther the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion or the Greater Chicago Food De­pos­i­tory. Ar­range­ments by Cooney Fu­neral Home.

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