Born: April 6, 1955 - Deceased: December 8, 2021
Darla K. Bridges, nee Riddle, 66, of Belleville, IL, born Wednesday, April 6, 1955, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Darla was an educator for Wolf Branch School District 113, where she worked and retired after 43 years of service to the Swansea community. She often spoke of the happiness it brought her to see former students and, as years passed, to teach their children, too. Outside of work, above all, her real passion and drive was her faith, followed by family, friends, and dogs. The cornerstone of her life was her marriage, which traversed 40 beautiful years of unwavering love to her husband. Her sons, her pride and joy, brought immeasurable delight to which she frequently spoke about and shared their successes with others. And, in recent years, that pride and joy extended without bounds to her grandchildren, which filled her heart with warmth and bliss as she became “MawMaw”. Amongst all of this, the absolute foundation in Darla’s life was her faith and love for Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL, and an active participant in Exploring the Teachings of Christ (ETC) Sunday School class and Bible Study Fellowship as well as P.E.O. Chapter NM.
Surviving are her:
- Husband, Robert T. Bridges of Belleville, IL
- Parents, Jay W. and Carlene M., nee Koch, Riddle of Belleville, IL
- Thomas A. (Ashley L.) Bridges of Millstadt, IL
- Andrew R. Bridges of Belleville, IL
- Brother, Gregory (Judy Lockhart) Riddle of Belleville, IL
- Sister, Debra (Rick) Kretschmer of Clayton, NC
- Vivian L. Bridges
- Samuel R. Bridges
- Brett Riddle
- Kyle Riddle
- Steven Kretschmer
- Lauren (Michael) Meadows
- Julia Kretschmer
- Great nieces:
- Bennett Meadows
- Clarey Meadows
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Darla to the Life Network of Southern Illinois at 722 N. Market St., Waterloo, IL 62298.
Visitation: Visitation from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, December 20, 2021 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL and from 9:30 am – 10:30 am Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Church.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville, IL with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.