Leslie......our sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend, loved living life, had an infectious smile that warmed your heart, and always greeted you with a handshake or hug. However, she would also gladly instruct you on what you should do and how she thought you should do it.....just like any other Bridges, right?
Most all of the family would agree that Leslie maintained a busier social life than the rest of us. She attended ARC during the week and later in life was involved in community based services, participated in many Special Olympics events winning numerous 1st place ribbons in bowling, softball throw, speed walking, and shuffleboard. She had fun attending regular events sponsored by Brevard County. She especially enjoyed holidays, family vacations, birthdays (of course her own being of most importance); going to church, watching Shuttle launches, fishing, just riding around and going to look at manatees and alligators; horseback riding, watching baseball and football (Go Buccaneers, she’d say). Some hobbies she had over the years were putting puzzles together, solving find the word puzzles, coloring, and yarn art. Leslie really loved to go to PARTIES!! She was always the life of the party, and loved to dance, laugh, and just act silly.
She was the youngest of four children, and after the other siblings left the nest, she enjoyed living with her mom for many years. When illness took her mom, they were living with family who then helped guide her through life without mom. Her nieces and nephews would tell you she took her role of being their aunt to the limit at times, and that she was excited about being a great aunt and had fun spending time with her great nieces and nephews (so long as they didn’t bother her “stuff”, lol).
A little over two years ago that horrible thing called dementia came along and gradually robbed her of sweet memories and independence, which eventually led family to move her to Washington Square where her needs could be safely met. Leslie made friends with other residents and staff there, and enjoyed the group activities.
Recently Leslie had a minor illness which ended with a brief stay in the hospital due to dehydration. Upon discharge, she was back to her normal, happy self at Washington Square. On Saturday, April 13, she retired for the evening as usual. When staff visited her room shortly after 9:00 p.m., they found she had quietly and peacefully gone to be with Jesus.
We, her family, thank you for all your condolences and invite you to join us in celebrating her life this Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m., at North Brevard Funeral Home. Leslie loved wearing jeans, t-shirts (fav colors blue and pink), tennis shoes, and her ball cap (of which she had many). Please feel free to honor her dress code when you join us this Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending your donation to Special Olympics Florida 1915 Don Wickham Drive Clermont, FL 34711 ( on memo line please notate for Brevard County)