Louise Bridges Muse
Mary Louise Bridges Muse, of Mabank, age 89, passed away Jan. 9, 2010, at East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City. She died quietly with only her daughter Katherine at her side. She was cremated under the direction of Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp. Part of her ashes will be encased in a sterling silver heart worn by her daughter, then she will be laid to rest beside her husband in the family plot in Palestine City Cemetery.
Muse was born June 25, 1920, in Fort Worth, and adopted from Texas Welfare, now The Edna Gladney Home, by Albert Shelton Bridges and Bernice Hinkle Bridges at the age of six months, and was raised in Palestine. She married Thomas Fletcher Muse in 1939 and they had one daughter, Katherine Louise Muse Veno, in 1946.
She was a stay-at-home mother and taught her daughter to swim and ride horses. She believed in giving her child every advantage she could, and this included piano and voice lessons. She was also a Girl Scout leader.
When her daughter left for college, she went to work for Southwestern Bell, and retired from AT&T in 1985 in Tyler, where the family had resided since 1959. Traveling in a recreational vehicle, she and her husband drove to Niagra Falls, as well as traveling to many other states. They retired in Hondo, until her husbands death in 1989.
She enjoyed sewing and loved quilts, as well as animals. She always had a cat her entire life. Raised with horses, she continued to love them, and last rode at the age of 80. She encouraged her daughter to ride horses, as well as many of her daughters riding students.
She wrote several senior articles for The Monitor newspaper, and loved to draw and read.
Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Muse Veno, her son-in-law, Russ Veno, and many friends.
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