Mrs. Hilda W. Bridges, mother of Gillis Bridges of Murray, passed away Wednesday May 2, 2012 at Murray Calloway County Hospital of natural causes.
Nee’ Forest Hilda Williams she was born April 7, 1918 the youngest and last surviving of five daughters and three sons of Thomas G. and Vara T. Williams. The family farm is now the entrance to Lake Barkley State Resort Park on Highway 68. At age nine, she witnessed the untimely death of her eldest brother, Gillis T. Williams and vowed to her mother she would name her first child in his honor. She was an alumnus of Canton Grade School, Cadiz High School (1936) and Murray State College.
Her first teaching assignment was at the one-room Crossroads School in rural southern Trigg County. Her career included Chrysler Corporation, National Ammunition Fireworks and was a faculty member at Uniontown and Morganfield Elementary Schools, and Union County High School where she developed and operated the first high school audio visual department in the region.
In February 1945 she married Gilbert N. Bridges (1915-2003) also a native of Trigg County. His occupation with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers took them to Lock #48 near Evansville, and Lock #49 in Union County, KY. Upon retirement in 1974, they again made their residence in Trigg County. Mrs. Bridges has made her home in Murray since 2007.
The couple were recognized for their historical and genealogical interests, having published The Thomas and Bridges History. They were also contributing editors to the Trigg County History, and she participated in preparing Canton on the Cumberland.
They were among the 29 original organizing charter members of the Thomas-Bridges Association both having served in supportive and leadership roles.
Mrs. Bridges was known for her talent in voice and piano. She was a member of Cadiz Baptist Church, The James Thomas Chapter of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ophelia Chapter No. 55 Order of the Eastern Star. The Thomas-Bridges Association, the Trigg County Historical Society, and other civic and benevolent organizations.
She leaves a Legacy of Love to all who knew her and felt it was a privilege to strive for the spiritual, educational and cultural benefit of others.
In addition to her son Gillis, she is survived by eight nieces and three nephews as well as numerous other relatives.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 3:00 till8:00 PM at Goodwin Funeral Home in Cadiz and Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 11:00 AM untill the funeral hour. The funeral will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Cadiz Baptist Church.