Delite Bridges Cruit

April 21, 1942September 10, 2018
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Delite Bridges Cruit, 76 of Gadsden, passed away Monday, September 10th, 2018.

Delite was born on April 21, 1942 in Gadsden, AL to parents Happy and Ruth Bridges. She went to Auburn University in 1960 and transferred to UAB graduating with her associate’s degree in nursing in 1963. She would later go to Samford University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1984. She began working at Baptist Memorial Hospital, now Gadsden Regional Medical Center, on January 01, 1963 and would remain there until her retirement on November 01, 2008. While she served in many positions during her tenure, she was instrumental in starting the Critical Care Units. The first unit consisted of 3-4 beds on the 4th floor of the hospital. During her leadership, there were eventually 3 critical care units, CCU, ICU, and SICU. Delite mentored hundreds of nurses during her tenure at the hospital. No matter what title she carried, her main goal was always excellent patient care.

Delite was a loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her sister, Joy Bridges (Bill) Pevsner, Gadsden, her nieces, Stephanie Taylor (Rob) Bowley , Gadsden, and Ellen Elizabeth Bridges, New York, NY. Her great nieces, Taylor, Rachael, and Cameron Bowley, great nephew, Robby Bowley, all of Gadsden and her aunt, Grace Temple, Decatur, AL. Special friends, Marian Ayers, Mona Dempsey, Cathy Bottoms, and Janie Goodwin. Her special fur friends Patches and Adam

She is preceded in death by her late husband, best friend and soulmate of 38 years, Dr. Robert L. Cruit. Her brother, John Harold “Johnny” Bridges, Jr, and her parents John Harold “Happy” Bridges, Sr. and Alma Ruth Bridges.

Pallbearers will be Tony Armstrong, Brett Lavender, Oakley Patterson, Sidney Patterson, William McKinney, and Robby Bowley.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Adrian Chandler, Dr. Edward Thompson, Mike Armstrong, and Dr. Bryan McGwier.

Visitation will be at Collier Butler Funeral Home from 12:30 pm until 2:00pm on Thursday, September 13, 2018 with a graveside service following at 2:30 at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Goldsmith of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will officiate.

Collier-Butler in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


  • Joy Bridges (Bill) Pevsner, Sister
  • Stephanie Taylor (Rob) Bowley, Niece
  • Ellen Elizabeth Bridges, Niece
  • Taylor, Rachael, and Cameron Bowley, Great Nieces
  • Robby Bowley, Great Nephew
  • Grace Temple, Aunt
  • Marian Ayers, Special friend
  • Mona Dempsey, Special friend
  • Cathy Bottoms, Special firend
  • Janie Goodwin, Special friend
  • Patches and Adam, Special fur friends


  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Delite Bridges Cruit

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Susan Clements

September 14, 2018

Never a wall flower, always spoke her mind and these were straight from her heart. She was the voice of so many that had no voice or were unable to speak at the time. She expected from others only what she demanded from herself. She pushed for improvement in patient care and resources for her staff to improve in the care given. She was an advocate for patients all her life and I am so glad to have met and worked for her.

Jimmy Armstrong

September 13, 2018

Delite literally saved my life on two different occasions. Our family was so very blessed to be able to say Delite Bridges Cruitt was our cousin! Especially when you were at the hospital!! We got treated like royalty!! I will miss talking to her, she always ask me how I was and that she loved me! I Love You Too D!!

Rebecca Swindall

September 13, 2018

Delite was a wonderful mentor and patient advocate. Tough when she needed to be tough. A wonderful friend and nurse.

Jerria Carter

September 12, 2018

Met Delite as a new employee at Baptist Hospital! Always uncomfortable with cardiac patients but she gently pushed to cardiac/ critical care training!! Encouraged us to be good nurses!! Take care of patients first!! One of the best nurses I have ever worked with!! Very knowledgeable!! I used to say if I coded I wanted Delite close by, she knew how to handle Code situations !! Rest In Peace!! Prayers to Joy and all her family!!

Jean Ann McMurrey

September 12, 2018

The most intelligent and dedicated nurse that I have ever known. I met Delite in 1982 when I first went to work at Baptist Memorial Hospital. I was terrified of her. She walked through the halls with such an heir about her, everyone respected her. As I grew to know her, I realized that her strength was in her knowledge. She was sure of what she knew and used it to be a patient advocate. I wanted to be just like her. She mentored me for many years and we became close friends. I have celebrated many occasions in her home. She always made me feel welcomed. As my career grew and I left Gadsden Regional in 2000, we drifted apart due to distance and busy schedules, but I have always credited her for the nurse that I am and the career that I have enjoyed. I have always and will always love Delite. The world has lost a GREAT woman!!

Joy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I know how much you are going to miss her. She was a rare gem that will never be replicated. With Love, Jean Ann

Jennifer Battles

September 12, 2018

Delite you were a wonderful boss, mentor, and friend. You taught so many of us how to be compassionate, caring, motivated and often times stubborn nurses to make sure we were the best advocates for our patients. You will always have a special place in my heart as well as in many others. Rest in peace dear friend.

Lisa Henderson

September 12, 2018

Delite was always a patient advocate. She did so much critical care education throughout the years, encouraging nurses to stay up to date on nursing practice and advances. She had a true passion for critical care nursing. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Tony Wood

September 12, 2018

Seemed tough to many but was gentle and kind, always stood up for her staff. She helped me get my first RN position. Helped me grow/mature as a nurse. Helped me gain confidence in my nursing skills. Never will forget how Delite unexpectedly helped send me to South America on a mission trip for children. This world has lost a jewel.

Kristie Fortenberry Rice

September 12, 2018

My deepest sympathies to each family member, she will be greatly missed.
Kristie Fortenberry, monitor Techinan Gadsden Regional Medical Center.

Patsy Barksdale

September 12, 2018

Delite, you were my hero...I wanted to like you...tough when needed but always, always caring...I love you.