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Ruth Elaine (Crosier) Bridagan

March 10, 1936 ~ June 13, 2021 (age 85)


Ruth E. Bridagan—Born in Adams, MA on March 10, 1936 to the late Walter and Gladys Wemple Crosier. She was one of seven children born at home as that was “more normal back in my day” she would say. She spent most of her childhood in Adams with her grandmother the late J. Louisa Wemple attending Adams schools, eventually moving to Lee to live with her parents in 1943. She finished school in Lee, graduating in 1954. She married John E. Bridagan Jr. on October 26, 1963. During their 57 years of marriage, they accomplished so many things, their biggest pride being the family that they created. For anyone who knew Ruth knew she was the backbone behind her children and grandchildren.

As a young adult after she had her kid’s she spent most of her time being a homemaker and a housekeeper for several families, whom she eventually grew close with. She worked at Edge Comb Nursing Home in Lenox, MA for seven and a half years as a nurse’s aide.  Over the years she also took on many hobbies such as ceramics, travelling with her daughter, Kim, to various places like, New Mexico to the White Sand Dunes and Carlsbad Caverns, Florida, Las Vegas, taking Du Four bus trips, or just a simple road trip to the casino. Her favorite place to travel was to visit her sister Jean in Illinois, or New Mexico during the winter months. She also spent a lot of time cherishing moments spent with her 3 grand girls. Brooke and she shared a special bond, always attached to her at the hip everywhere she went. Her latest hobbies included cooking, and coloring in her many coloring books that she has received over the years. She could be found sitting on her end of the couch with her magnifying glass in one hand and a glitter gel pen in the other.

In 1985 she and her husband Jack started working summers doing security at Berkshire Hills Leisure Lee, where she took pride in knowing all residents in the community. She eventually took on other odd and end jobs for people, such as yard work in the spring and summer, checking houses and shoveling during the winter months, house cleaning and pretty much anything else anyone asked of her. Some of her greatest work done for people throughout the community were the flower arrangements she would plant in their gardens because she sure did have a knack for having a green thumb. She and her husband did this for 28 years before they decided to retire in 2012 and moved to Shaftsbury, VT full time.

Besides her husband, Jack, of 57 years, Ruth leaves behind her son John Bridagan of Lee, MA; her daughter Kim Bridagan of Shaftsbury, VT; and her granddaughters Brooke (Will), Lexie and Gabi Bridagan. She also leaves behind Isacc Acevedo, her step-great grandson, who she adored tremendously. Additionally, she leaves behind her sister Jean Becker of Illinois, and her brother Alan Crosier of Kentucky. She is predeceased by her sister Vera Some’s, her brothers Earl, Leon and Mark Crosier. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews across the country and by everyone who knew her.

A Graveside Service will be held at Fairmount Cemetery in Lee, on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:30PM. The family will receive friends the same day at the Kelly Funeral Home from 10 – 12Noon. Those not vaccinated are asked to wear their masks. Please enter the through the Main St. front door and exit via the back office door. Immediately following the graveside service a Celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at the Evening Star Lodge, 195 Laurel St., Lee.

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June 18, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kelly Funeral Home
3 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238

Graveside Service
June 18, 2021

12:30 PM
Fairmount Cemetery
Greylock St.
Lee, MA 01238

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