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Barbara Jean (Melton) Bridges

May 29, 1941 ~ March 15, 2020 (age 78)

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Barbara Jean Bridges, age 78 of Forest City died Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  Barbara was born May 29, 1941 in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Manning Melton.

She worked as a lab technician for Celanese until her retirement and following retirement, she worked part-time for Graham Cash Company. 

Barbara was a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for many years where she served as collection counter. Barbara also served as head of the Capital Campaign for the building of the new church.     She also enjoyed volunteer work where she was faithful to her church, Rutherford Hospital Auxiliary and the Forest City Owls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Bridges, siblings, Kay Park, John Dee Melton, Nancy Vickers, Louetta Goodrich, Betty Shaw, Jack Melton, and Perry Wayne Melton, and longtime friend, Ervin Dantzic.

Survivors include her sister, Jo An Whisenant of Bostic and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of caring friends.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date to be announced.

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