Copied verbatim from The Brownstown Banner, March 18, 1959
FRACTURED HIP FATAL TO MRS. BRIDGEWATER--RITES HELD SUNDAY
A fractured hip suffered last Wednesday proved fatal Thursday night to 88-year-old Mrs. Thomas J. Bridgewater, R1, Brownstown, who died in the Jackson County Hospital where she had been admitted soon after the accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Bridgewater made their home with a son, Howard Bridgewater, and Mrs. Bridgewater, on the Clearspring Ridge, west of Ratcliff Grove since Mrs. Bridgewater suffered a fractured hip in 1957, which confined her to wheel chair most of the time.
Funeral rites were held Sunday afternoon from the Winklepleck Funeral Home here, followed by burial in Brownstown, Fairview Cemetery. The service was in charge of Marion Ellis, pastor of the Ratcliff Grove Christian Church, of which the deceased was a member.
Born on July 2, 1870, the eldest of five children of the late John and Sarah Wilson Emmons, Mrs. Bridgewater was the first death in her immediate family.
She and Mr. Bridgewater, who survives, were married at Pleasant Grove, on November 23, 1895 and for many years lived on a farm northwest of Freetown. Mr. Bridgewater was 85 years old last November.
With the exception of a few years when she and Mr. Bridgewater lived in Kokomo, Mrs. Bridgewater had spent all of her life in this county and was widely known and loved by a wide circle of friends.
Surviving, in addition to the husband, are three sons. In addition to Howard, with whom she and Mr. Bridgewater lived, they are Jesse Bridgewater, R1, Freetown, and John Bridgewater, of Seymour.
Also surviving are three brothers, Festus Emmons and Cyrus Emmons, both living in Vallonia, and Guy Emmons, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a sister, Mrs. Zona Beaver, a patient in a Seymour nursing home.
She also leaves seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.