OBITUARY

Anita Rachel Haygood Bridges

February 16, 1938April 24, 2021

Anita Rachel Haygood Bridges, affectionately known as “Nita,” was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 16, 1938. She passed away peacefully with loved ones surrounding her on April 24, 2021, at the age of 83. Anita was the daughter of the late Reverend Claude M. and Alexina Haygood. She is preceded in death by her son, Brian Bridges, and her two brothers, Gordon and Jim Haygood. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa McCreary, her four grandchildren: Jordan McCreary, Savannah McCreary, Isaac Bridges, Sarah Bridges; and her loving partner of 38 years, Malissa Turner. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the St. Tammany Health System Hospice and the Home Instead team for their kind and gentle care. Anita was a musician and music educator extraordinaire. She taught hundreds of music students in the gifted and talented programs of St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes, and the music majors of Anderson University in South Carolina. She served many churches as organist and/or choir director in Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana. She was also conductor of the Slidell Community Chorus. She held a Bachelor of Music from Samford University, and Master of Sacred Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at St. Timothy on the North Shore United Methodist Church, 335 Ashbury Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, starting at 10:00am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to UMCOR or the music program at St. Timothy on the North Shore. An online guestbook is available at www.gracenorthshore.com.

Services

15 May

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

ST. TIMOTHY ON THE NORTHSHORE

335 Asbury Drive
Mandeville, Louisiana

15 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am

ST. TIMOTHY ON THE NORTHSHORE

335 Asbury Drive
Mandeville, Louisiana

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Anita Rachel Haygood Bridges

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Terry Lowe

April 30, 2021

Words cannot convey the impact Anita Bridges made in my life. She was my voice coach at Anderson College and was an incredible mentor. But it is not the development of my skill that I remember her most for. It was the lessons about life, the sincere investment of her time, the tireless energy to listen, her compassion, her laughter, and most of all her resplendent smile. She inspired me and helped me to be a better musician and person. God bless the family in your grief but be encouraged that she brought light into this world, and her light will always shine in us and in our fond memories.

Mignonne Matheson

April 27, 2021

Anita was one of my favorite all time mentors. I loved her dearly and her wit was unmatched! I learned so much from her and she brought out the best in my voice and me personally. “Mama B” was a mom to so many. I hated that she lost Brian too soon. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives. Love and prayers to Theresa & Melissa.

Michael Fleming

April 27, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of our beloved Mama B’s passing. She profoundly touched so many lives, especially mine. Rest In Peace sweet lady- your “Amahl” will forever be grateful for your love and guidance. And I know you’ve already been asked to play the Widor for the angels.
Melissa, Theresa and family- my thoughts, prayers and love are with you.
God bless!

Marlene Rawle

April 27, 2021

Anita meant so much to me and my children when she was the Talented Music teacher at Slidell High School. Matt and Melanie were so blessed to have her as a mentor and she always encouraged their talents. Both of them majored in music in college. She left a wonderful legacy through her music.

Lisa Meredith

April 26, 2021

Anita was a wonderful influence in my early musical life. She was the one to recognize, encourage, and direct my voice and gave me my first solo. I count myself blessed to have had her wisdom and direction in singing and playing handbells. but her sense of humor and dry wit were most enjoyable! I have many joyful memories of our times together. My deepest condolences to her family and especially to Melissa. Holding you close in prayer.