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Mary Adeline (Wood) Bridgwater, 97, of McAlester, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in McAlester.
The family will greet friends today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ with David F. Bridgwater officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery officiated by Colby Clapp and Red Coleman.
Pallbearers include Patrick Cannon, Mike Bosley, Brian Amabile, Slade Sullivan, Marshall Coffey, David Ledbetter, Neil Ferguson and Travis McHam.
Honorary pallbearers include Mike Dusenberry, Butch Lecrone, Tim Maxcey, Clem Santine, Dick Stites and Red Coleman.
Mary was born on April 9, 1920, in North McAlester, to Lafe S. and Sarah Beatrice (Mann) Wood. She lived almost her entire life in McAlester.
She married Floyd Emmitt Bridgwater Sr. on Oct. 5, 1940, in McAlester.
After graduation from McAlester High School in 1937, she worked for the superintendent of schools and also served as secretary of the school board.
After her marriage, she held several different positions including a part-time clerk for the MKT railroad freight office, secretary for the 2nd and Washington Church of Christ and finished her career at the Ammunition Plant. She retired from there in 1980 after 16 years of service.
She was a member of the 2nd and Washington Church of Christ and later the Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ.
She was involved in several Community and service groups including PTA Council which she served as president for one year, member of the McAlester Library Board when the current library was constructed, was a founding member of the Kiamichi Quilt Guild, worked as a volunteer for the McAlester Regional Health Center for 30 years, served as a counselor at Sooner Youth Camp for many years and was a student of the Bible as well as a Bible school teacher for most of her adult life.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Floyd Emmitt Jr. and Claire Bridgwater, of McAlester, David F. and Karan Bridgwater, of Arlington, Texas, Daniel L. and Norma Bridgwater, of McAlester; eight granddaughters and spouses, Kari Ann and Patrick Cannon, Dana Lee and Mike Bosley, Jill and Brian Amabile, Dava Lynn and Slade Sullivan, Lara Jane and Marshall Coffey, Juli Beth and David Ledbetter, Mary Ann and Neil Ferguson and Jana Kay and Travis McHam; 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna Leslie, of Arlington Texas, plus a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt; her parents; two brothers, Ellis Lafe Wood and J.I. Wood, and one sister, Jean Marie (Wood) Anderson.
Donations may be made to In Search of the Lord's Way, P. O. Box 371, Edmond, OK, 73083, the Zambia Medical Mission, 658 EN 21st Street Abilene, TX, 79601, or Hospice of McAlester.
Published on November 14, 2017
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