Louise Bridges Cordell

louise cordell

July 23, 1954 ~ January 1, 2024

Born in: Bryson City, North Carolina
Resided in: Leicester, North Carolina

Elizabeth Louise Bridges Cordell of Leicester, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 1, 2024, around 7:45 am. Louise had a massive stroke on May 25, 2023, and fought very hard for seven long months before she succumbed to complications caused by the stroke. She is finally at peace and no longer in any pain.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Robert Lee Cordell, Jr., and her father Arthur Lewis Bridges. She is survived by her mother, Ollie Bridges, daughter Leigha Cordell, son Corky Scott Cordell, daughter in love Jola Cordell, and granddaughters Ella Cordell and Sophia Cordell. She is also survived by three younger sisters, and a special niece Michele Kriezel.

Louise was born to Arther Lewis Bridges and Ollie King Bridges, on July 23, 1954, in Bryson City. She was married to the love of her life, Robert L. Cordell, Jr. for 41 years. She was the Personnel Manager for Walmart in Asheville for almost 30 years. Louise loved her family more than anything. She was a wonderful, but strict mother.
Leigha and Scott couldn’t get away with anything! She was a super wonderful but not so strict “GiGi” to her beautiful granddaughters, Ella, and Sophia. Ella and Sophia were the light of her world since the day they were born. She loved taking them to all the activities that little girls love, having sleepovers at Gigi’s, and working on their fairy gardens. Louise was a fiercely independent woman that enjoyed Starbucks, working in her flower gardens but not so much mowing the grass or blowing leaves. Although she claimed to hate it, I believe she loved being the kitten nursery of Leicester as her country property attracted every stray cat in the neighborhood for their chosen place to give birth. Although she really disliked cats, she loved feeding the birds, as it was a shared passion of her late husband. If you knew Louise, she was not an ‘in the house dog lover’, but she was the best pet sitter for all her grand dogs.

Louise loved spending time with her long-time friends from Walmart, Carolyn, and Anita. Louise loved to dance to the beat of her own drum and loved listening to Sia, Miley Cyrus, Cher, and Celine Dion, to name just a few of her favorites! Her theme song for the early part of 2023 was Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers”. She would stop and dance every time she heard that song!

Although Louises last seven months were very painful, she put up a good fight with humor most of the time. She loved watching Game of Thrones and Yellowstone (although she did not appreciate the language) prior to her stroke. A funny story when she was at Mission Hospital, she had to be transported to do various tests and x rays. She continuously told the transporters that “they were taking her to the train station! “(If you are not familiar, watch Yellowstone).

Louise was a selfless soul that always thought of others and tried to take care of everyone. She loved cooking and baking for others for all occasions.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to the Skyland United Methodist Church – Bridges Program. Louise was very fond of this twice a week, volunteer driven, after-school program that assists early youth with improving their reading skills. https://www.skylandumc.com/giving/ contribute to Building Fund and note Bridges Program with your donation.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be scheduled in the Spring. Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.

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  1. Your Mom was the absolute best. She was so kind and helpful to me when I started with Walmart and my move to NC. There were many days when she was my saving grace to be sure. We became good friends that lasted well past my moving to NY. She was a blessing to so many. God’s Grace to your family 🙏💜

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of ,mother. We worked together for many years. She will be missed my heart and my prayers are with you.

  3. Louise was one of a kind and always treated me as a sister. Words can not express how dearly she will be missed. I am grateful for the opportunity to have had her in my life and I know she’ll be watching over us as we carry on.

  4. Dean and I lived in her neighborhood for many years. She was always so sweet and cared very much for the happenings in the neighborhood. She was so funny, hip, and will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with her family, especially her granddaughters as they were truly her whole world! ❤️

  5. It was such a pleasure to get to know Gigi,always had a smile on her face when picking up her grand babies. So sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers 🙏 ❤️

  6. May God bless and keep this family in their time of need. I knew Robert and Louise for many years. My prayers are with you!

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