Elizabeth Bridygham, 62, caretaker for the elderly

April 26, 2004

Elizabeth Marie Bridygham, a companion to the elderly and a former hospital employee, died of a heart attack Thursday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 62 and lived in Ellicott City.

Elizabeth Stevens was born in Smithsburg, Washington County, where she graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1960 and married Jack Mongan shortly afterward. After he was killed in an car accident in 1966, she and her parents moved to Southwest Baltimore, said her son, Kirk Bridygham of Columbia.

She married William Bridygham of Philadelphia in 1968. The advertising sales manager died in 1983. Mrs. Bridygham then moved to Catonsville in 1985 and to Ellicott City in 1987.

She worked for more than a decade at Union Memorial Hospital as a dietitian's assistant and later as a radiology clerk. She left the hospital in 1987, the year she suffered the first of two heart attacks, her son said. She began caring for the elderly in 1993, including her mother, Viola Stevens.

Mrs. Bridygham enjoyed gardening, traveling and collecting crystal objects, especially candy dishes, vases and decanters, her son said.

A memorial service will be held at 7 tonight at the Sykesville Memorial Post of the American Legion, 7327 Slacks Road, Sykesville.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a sister, Judy Miller of Hagerstown, and her brothers, Dennis Stevens of Linthicum and Leonard Stevens of Elkridge.

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