Margaret Fowler Bridges
Margaret Fowler Bridges
  • July 25, 1928 - March 13, 2017
  • Cartersville, Georgia

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Margaret Fowler Bridges, 88, passed away at home on March 13, 2017 surrounded by her children. She was born July 25 1928 in Deer Lodge Tennessee, daughter of Ethel Ritter and Edgar Fowler, but after their early deaths was raised in Cartersville by cousins Dorothy and Bill Johnson. She was preceded in death by parents, cousins, husband of 48 years, John E. "Bud" Bridges in 1999, grandson Ross Collins Bridges in 1986 and granddaughter Amy Adele Panter in 2005.
Surviving are children, Susan (husband Scott) Panter, Phil (wife Donna) Bridges, Mark (wife Sandy) Bridges, Angie (husband Lloyd) Taylor and Joel (wife Kathy) Bridges; grandchildren, Brac Panter, Carrie Trotter, Hannah and Ben Bridges, Matt and Maggie Bridges, John, Daniel and Luke Taylor, Rachel Strickland, Ruth Richir and Abbie Bridges as well as ten precious great grandchildren, Ella Dru Bridges, Vivian Ruth Trotter and Winnie Adele Trotter, Marion Adele Panter and John Morris Panter, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Lucy Jo Taylor and Jackson Henry Taylor, Caroline Faye Taylor and Ross Alan Bridges. She also leaves behind a faithful caregiver, Denice Morgan, who lovingly cared for her for many years.
She was a graduate of Cartersville High School as well as Queens College with a degree in chemistry and taught briefly at Peeples Valley School until becoming a full time homemaker. She leaves a written legacy of her family life as well as events of her time in her handwritten, almost 2600 full-page diary spanning the 1952 birth of her twins to approximately 2009 when a massive stroke and declining health dulled her ability to document her observations, humor, joys and sorrows.
She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, joining in 1942, being one of the first female Elders, leading the re-settlement of a Cambodian refugee family to Cartersville in the 1980's, and was instrumental in beginning programs such as Meals on Wheels and the Community Church Shop. She was a faithful walker, often carrying a plastic bag along her way to pick up any trash that she might encounter in order to keep her community clean. She was an avid bridge player, a staunch defender of the environment, a fierce advocate for civil rights, and a steadfast supporter of women's rights. In addition, she spent many years traveling abroad and across North America-always anxious to learn more about our world through her travels.
A Memorial Service will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon Thursday, March 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville. Serving as pall bearers will be her grandsons. The family will receive friends from five o'clock in the evening until seven Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Owen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either First Presbyterian Church, 183 West Main Street, Cartersville GA; The Amy A. Panter Memorial Scholarship, The University Of Georgia, 394 South Milledge Ave., Athens, GA30602 or The Good Neighbor Shelter, 110 East Porter Street, Cartersville, GA.
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Services are under the direction of Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Ga 30120.