February 3, 1932 ~ June 8, 2013

Born in: Buncombe,
Resided in: Alexander, NC

Philippians 2:3-4 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." Jean Delores Ingle Bridges, of Alexander, passed away peacefully in her home on June 8, 2013 after a brief illness. A native of Buncombe County, Mrs. Bridges was a daughter of the late Clarence Edgar and Alma Ballard Ingle. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband and the love of her life, Paul Pless Bridges on August 16, 1996. Survivors include her daughter, Paula Bridges of Jonesborough, TN, her sister, Mildred Kitchin (Reeves) of Alpharetta, GA.; nieces, Trudy Woodard (David) of Alpharetta, GA, Greta Stewart (Bob) of Atlanta, GA and her nephew Rev. Phil Kitchin (Myra) of Stone Mountain, GA. Jean was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She had a tremendous love for the Lord and was active in church her entire life. She grew up under the guidance of her grandfather, William Henry Ballard, who was a Baptist minister. Mrs. Bridges played the piano or organ for over 65 years. She was a blessing and an encouragement to many and always wanted to share her faith with others. Mrs. Bridges retired as manager of Biltmore Farms Credit Union after 30 years of service. Her daughter would like to offer heartfelt thanks to all the individuals who looked after Jean following Paul's death. She would also like to thank Betty Bridges, Jean's sister-in-law and Gayle Williams for their support over the years and her good friend, Bill Bates. Much thanks is also given to her caregivers for the past two months-Sue, Debbie, Julie and Sandra. Mrs. Bridges' family will receive friends on Monday, June 10, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Phillips and others officiating. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Gardens. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cemetery Fund at Bethel Baptist Church, 125 Ben Lippen Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. A special lady who was mother to an equally special daughter. Deepest condolences to Paula and all of Jean’s family.

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  2. Our deepest sympathy to Paula and all the other family. Jean was one of our favorite people in the whole world. We loved her and the love was returned. She will be deeply missed. She is safely home now and we know we will see her again someday. We loved her and i treasure the little angel gift she gave me years ago. I still have it. Our prayers to you Paula.

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  3. Dear Paula and family,
    What a privilege and pleasure it was to have Jean in my life for the past 35 years. She was a dear friend, mentor, encourager and a true prayer partner.
    She is now receiving her reward and is where she ultimately desired to be. Praise the Lord indeed.
    Jean loved the Lord immensily and will be very much missed by all of us that had the privilege of knowing
    her.
    My heartfelt prayers
    with love,
    Greta Graves,

    Better known to Jean as (Gretch)

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  4. Paula,
    I am sorry to read of the passing of your mother. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow and loss.

    Sharon (Robinson) Moore
    Erwin class of ’69

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  5. Jean was a dear friend and co-worker at Biltmore Dairies. She will be truly missed. With heartfelt sympathy!
    Ernest Henderson and family

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  6. Very sorry to learn of Ms. Jean’s passing. Such a wonderful person. Full of laugther and love. Thinking of you. Earthly loss, but Heaven’s gain.

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  7. Paula, My condolences to you and your family. May God be with you during this difficult time and the days that follow. Your friend, Linda Tilson

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  8. Paula, I wanted you to know that you and the family are being prayed for during these difficult days of grief. The LORD is a present help in time of need. God Bless!

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  9. Paula,
    So sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. May her love and warm memories give you strength while the promises of Christ carry you thru the coming days.

    Remembering you in thought and prayer.

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  10. Paula,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
    You are so blessed to have had the great mom you had and to know you will someday get to see her again.
    We love you,
    Johnny and Melissa

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  11. Paula, So sorry to hear about your sweet Mother’s passing, we all loved Jean and Paul for many years. Please know my heart goes out to you and I pray that God wraps his loving arms around you and comforts you. Please know if there is in anyway I can help you let me know. Always Vera

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  12. May God be with you during this time. I went to church with Jean at Newfound for a time. After that, we would see each other when she would visit my church or when I would sing at Bethel. She was a dear sweet lady who I loved dearly. May God continue to hold you in His arms and give you peace & strength.

    Love in Christ,
    Mikki Lewis
    Jer. 29:11-14

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  13. Paula,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I was out of town and just now read the obit. You are in my thoughts aand prayers. Even though I haven’t seen you for a number of years I still think of you fondly and the time we had at EHS and the reunions.

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  14. Dear Paula,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. We are traveling the same road as my father has just entered heaven as well. We will treasure the memories until we see them again. May God give you grace as you encounter a new ‘normal’ until we are all reunited. I will never forget when you both helped me load my groceries at Wal-Mart and the many cards of encouragement she sent me. A special lady indeed.

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