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Bridget Barbara James

October 8, 1940 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 81)

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A devoted woman of the Lord, Bridget Barbara James, (Birdie), was taken suddenly on Monday, January 03, 2022, at the age of 81 (although she could have easily passed for 65) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

She was born on October 8, 1940, on her parents’ farm to Benjamin and Barbara Gross in Balta, North Dakota.

Bridget lived the life of what our heavenly father above asks of us; “Love thy neighbor as thy self.” Sometimes she did that too much as she put others before herself daily.

She had a gift of reaching others who felt unwanted, not good enough, unhappy, or an outcast; extending an extra dose of angelic kindness. In return, others changed their disposition towards them as well.

When the Lord asks us to see the world through the eyes of a small child, that best describes her! She was so full of joy, always laughing and being just silly you could not stay down in her company.  

Bridget was born to Benjamin and Barbara and was the hardest worker on their farm. This, however, made her parents take her out of school at a young age.

When she turned 18, she moved to “The Big City” of Minot where she ended up meeting her husband Robert R. James. They were married on October 10, 1958. He was in the Military and his next assignment was New York City. The Balta farm girl took to New York with astonishment and awe. She was very beautiful so doors opened right away for her there.

Robert was a devoted Master Sergeant for the Air Force, so traveling and the multiple assignments commenced.

Tragedy, however, set in when she lost the love of her life at the ripe age of 42. She then had the struggles of making ends meet and worked very hard at the Eglin Commissary, never taking a day off. When her youngest moved to Portland, she finally did take time off and they started “road tripping,” exploring the North West. Tragedy came knocking again in January of 2021. She suffered a Cardiac Arrest at home and was like a sweet infant.

Her daughter, Dee Dee, remained by her side, leaving her job with the Airlines, and provided one on one care until Jesus took her home.

Now she doesn’t need caregiving as she is whole, dancing in the heavens with her husband and middle child George.

Bridget is survived in death by two children, Dee Dee and Robert and his wife, Cary James; as well as numerous angelic beings providing love and support, and other family. She is very grateful for all of them and loves them very much.

If you hear laughter coming from the heavens, that is probably her. 

 

On Saturday, January 22, 2022, a Viewing and Community Prayer will begin at 1:30 P.M., followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 P.M. A Reception will follow from 3:00-5:30 P.M so PLEASE COME HUNGRY!

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Services

Prayer Service
Saturday
January 22, 2022

1:30 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 22, 2022

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Reception
Saturday
January 22, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Burial
Saturday
January 22, 2022

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Beal Memorial Cemetery
316 Beal Parkway N.W.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548