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ON March 28, 2010 our mother, Claudia Mae Bridges threw her own birthday dinner get together at our oldest sister’s home in Carmichael. Her invited guess included her children, grand-children, great-grand-children and friends. March 25, 1931 was the birthing of something wonderful for this is the day that would be celebrated on March 28th. Claudia Mae Bridges was married to the late Rev. Josh Bridges, Sr. whom together brought their family of ten to California. Rev. Josh Bridges, Sr. had served in the military in Mobile, Alabama at Brookley Field from 1942 to 1945. Brookley Field had closed its doors to many air force men and women which caused the Bridges’ family to transfer to California settling Mr. Bridges at McClellan Air Force Base in North Highlands where he had retired in 1982.
After many letters and attempts to receive his Purple Heart from Congressman Osa, Mr. Bridges finally received some medals but not until after his passing in November, 2003.
It was the way he walked that would keep Claudia Mae praying for her family. When you speak to his children it can be said “How often I would hear my father’s voice out of nowhere. “Its not for you, you will find yourself hooked on the same demons they are on” or “You’d better watch yourself and who you hang around with” “do not let everyone in and out of your house” we have come to the understanding of the meaning to that one. It was our spiritual house we were to guard. How Claudia loved the wisdom of our father, Rev. Josh Bridges, Sr.
Claudia Mae and Rev. Josh had two more children born in California which made up the twelve. The branches began to spread throughout the family welcoming fifty-six grand-children and fifty-five great-grand-children.
It’s the way that Claudia Mae Bridges still walks gracefully with the Lord as she continues to pray for her family.
Photos by: Ray Johnson/Npaphoto.com
Photo 1: Bridges Family Portrait
Photo 2: Claudia Mae Bridges, holding up photo of her late husband Rev. Josh