Ann  Bridge

Obituary of Ann Smith Bridge

On July 21, 2023, Ann Bridge, 94, went to be with our Lord and Savior.  A third generation, she was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Ann graduated from St. Pete High School in 1947 and attended Florida State University from 1947 to 1951.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorin and Judy Smith; her husband, John H. Bridge, and by her son-in-law, Frederick Moore, married to Debbie Bridge-Moore.  Ann is survived by her four children; John (Mimi) Bridge, Lorin (Patty) Bridge, Debbie Bridge-Moore and Nancy (Don) King. She is also survived by 7 granchildren; Jay (Cara) Bridge, Ryan (Julie) Bridge, Kyle (Angie) Bridge, Trevor (Emily) Bridge, Lorin (Heather) Bridge, Lisa (Eric) LaVenture, and Brett (Emma Cummings) King.  She is blessed with 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Ann was very involved in the community and all of the activities with her children while they were growing up.  She was an officer in the Women’s Service League, volunteered at Peter Pan (before it became PARC) helped to initiate and organize the Mainsail Art Show, member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, President of the St. Pete Ladies Civitan Civic Organization which later joined with the St. Pete Civitan Club, and was very involved with the Science Center.  Along with her husband Johnny, Ann was a part of a group of local citizens who banded together and started the YMCA Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Program.  Ann was one of the YMCA’s longest tenured donors supporting the organization as a volunteer and philanthropically for over 33 years. Ann taught summer reading programs at North Shore Elementary School, was a docent at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and was a supporter of the Albert Whitted Airport. She was very involved in supporting the activities and events related to the Festival of States, an annual event put on by the Suncoasters.  From 1977 through 1982, she escorted the clowns around town during the Festival of States to various schools and nursing homes to bring laughter and joy into the lives of so many.  She received the Jingles Clown Award in 1980.  She never missed a ball game, a dance or music recital, a sports event, a PTA Meeting, or any other activity that one of her children participated.  If one of her children was involved in something, she was there to volunteer, support and encourage them.  She always offered a helping hand whenever and to whomever she could. 

She taught her family to love unconditionally, be responsible good humans, be kind, and to stand up for themselves and what they believed in.  She would tell them, “Do the right thing for the right reasons and always tell the truth.  Nobody who ever gave his or her best regretted it.” She was always willing to try something new and encouraged others to do the same.  Ann loved music, dance, boating, golf, and their home in Highlands, North Carolina.  She would go every chance she could to enjoy time in the mountains and loved to share that time and space with family and friends.

Ann had an uncanny ability to know when one of her children did something they should not have.  The children and their friends tell stories to this day of some of the crazy and fun things they did while growing up.  All who knew her will remember her infectious smile and her warm and loving spirit. Ann was always welcoming of others and enjoyed having friends over and entertaining in her home. 

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 8,, 2023 at 4:00pm, located at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, Florida.  Visit the family’s online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, please considering contributing to the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg at 600 First Ave N, Suite 201, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 or St. Petersburg Civitan Club, P.O. Box 3064, Seminole, FL 33775.

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Memorial Service

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, September 8, 2023
Anderson McQueen - Northeast Chapel
2201 MLK Street N
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
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