Martha Helleen Connolly-Bridges, age 94, passed away peacefully January 26, 2020. She was born October 12, 1925 in Winter Garden, Florida to Charles William and Audrey Ila Bowden. She married the love of her life, Thomas E. Connolly, on February 12, 1943 who preceded her in death in 1992. She was married to Donald Bridges who preceded her in death in 2006.
Martha loved people and was always involved in helping them. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Pine Hills Methodist Church. She enjoyed the fellowship and singing in the choir. She volunteered at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Deltona. She loved to work in the yard and tend to her garden. Martha was known as a classy woman who was always dressed to perfection. No one was a stranger to Martha. She welcomed everyone with open arms.
For 30 years Martha worked at Sunland Hospital in Pine Hills. She also worked for child support services and as a secretary in a law office. It suited her servant heart and desire to help others.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend and neighbor. Much loved mother of Thomas Edward (Sonda) Connolly, Audrey Ann (Ted) Moo, Charles William (Madeline) Connolly and the late Paul Brion (Annice) Connolly. Her beloved sister Margee and two stepbrothers, Ralph and Bernard, preceded her in death. Cherished grandmother of Kim (Tracy) Birch, Eric (Jill Hall) Connolly, John (Mindy) Connolly, Michael Connolly, Amy Connolly, Kenneth Mixon, Rita Smith and Stephanie Connolly. Blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Kaley, Austin, Katlyn, Kiersten, Dylan, Austin, Lily and Lexi. All of these she loved and touched deeply. And they loved her. Martha left her wishes in writing and instructed loved ones to dwell on the good times and erase the sad times.
Please join us celebrating her life on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando.