Newport, N.H. — Beverly Bridge succumbed to cancer on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Newport.
Born Beverly Jane Holmes in Lebanon, N.H. on April 3, 1942, she grew up in Grantham and graduated from Lebanon high school in 1960. She was the youngest of the eight children of John and Estabell (Braley) Holmes. She married Ernest Bridge Jr. on Sept. 3, 1960. Together with their two children, Bev and Ernie moved to Michigan, Ohio, and Rhode Island, finally moving back to New Hampshire in 1983.
Bev had a long career in retail, eventually opening her own craft stores, Daisey’s Crafts, in Claremont and West Lebanon. Most recently, Bev worked as a paraprofessional at Richards School in Newport.
Bev had many interests including painting, crafting, gardening, reading and writing. She loved her horses and dogs and found that it was easier to get forgiveness than permission when acquiring her many animals.
Bev loved to travel, but never by air; she drove across the country three times and crossed the North Atlantic aboard the Queen Mary II six times.
Beverly is predeceased by her parents; sister, Julia Polinski; and brothers, Richards and Alfred Holmes.
She is survived by her husband, Ernie of Newport; children, Viki Bridge and husband, Joel Lussier, of Newport, Christopher Bridge and his wife, Kim, of England; three grandchildren, Jessie Lussier, Robin Bridge and John Bridge; four sisters, Barbara Mutney and husband, Francis, of Grantham, Peggy Touchette and husband, Ray, of Sunapee, Edith Willis of Grantham, and Emily Swensen and husband, Lee, of Goose Creek, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Joey Holmes and Polly Holmes; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at the Grantham Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow in the church hall. Rev. Patricia William will officiate. There will be a private burial at a later time.
There will be no calling hours.
Donations may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, 217 Huntington Ave, Boston, Mass. 02115.
For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.