Ethel McClain Bridenbaugh,
100, of Leonardtown, MD, formerly of McKean Street
and Alameda Road, Butler, PA, passed away September
26, 2013 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s,
Born December 27, 1912 in
Saxton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry
Ellsworth McClain and Myrtle Mae (Kline) McClain.
Ethel had 2 loves in her
life - her family and nursing. She married her
husband W. Howard Bridenbaugh on November 11, 1940.
They had 34 wonderful years together until his death
on October 18, 1974.
She worked as a private
duty nurse in PA and FL prior to her marriage. After
raising her children, she worked for 20 years as a
nurse at the Butler Veterans Administration
Hospital. Following her retirement from nursing, she
enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United
States for 20 years. In 2004, Ethel moved to Cedar
Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown, MD, to
be close to her daughter and her family. She made
many friends at Cedar Lane where she enjoyed playing
bridge in several daytime bridge groups and playing
cards with her Cedar Lane friends in the evenings.
She played bridge twice a week until 6 weeks before
her death. She also enjoyed the weekly crochet group
that met at her daughter’s home.
Ethel is survived by her
daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Tom Stevens of
Hollywood, MD; her daughter-in-law, Margaret
Bridenbaugh of San Antonio, TX; her grandchildren,
William H. Bridenbaugh III of St. Louis, MO, Gregory
T. Stevens and his wife Amy of Germantown, MD,
Catherine E. Pierce and her husband Michael of
California, MD; and six great-grandchildren, Foster
Pierce, Renna Pierce, Adam Pierce, Ryan Pierce,
Siena Stevens and Sarah Stevens. She was preceded in
death by her husband, W. Howard Bridenbaugh; her
son, William H. Bridenbaugh II; her brother, Harry
McClain; and her parents, Harry and Myrtle McClain.
Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson
- Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street,
A private interment was
held in the Crawford Memorial Cemetery, Emlenton,
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Friends of Cedar Lane,
22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650.