Valerie D. Bridges died May 6, 2008 in Payson. She was born June 20, 1951 in Princeton, N.J.
She is survived by her husband, James Bridges Jr.; son, F Scott Coleman; grandsons, F Russell Coleman and Jacob McCarell; father, Russell N. Bennett; father-in-law, James R. Bridges; brothers, Timmy Beckering, Bruce Bennett and Michael Bennett; sisters, Cheryl Bennett, Carrol Moran and Beth McGee.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Coleman; brothers, "Skip" Bennett and Paul Bennett; mother, Sandra Johnson and mother-in-law, Ina Bridges.
In their goodbyes, Mrs. Bridges' family said, "It was in Val's nature to make a difference in people's lives, whether it was with a smile or a few words. When she was at her sickest the last few months, you never heard her complain about her illness. She always looked forward whether it was to hopefully having better health in the future or a project, creating something special for those she loved.
"Valerie loved her family especially her grandkids and her children, Mikie T and F Scott. All of us who loved her so, are glad she's been freed of her sick body and is soaring in the universe with all the preceding souls she missed and loved so much.
"Valerie loved angels, now she is one. We love you and we will miss you Reet, Reet."