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Elise Nance Bridges

Elise Nance Bridges, 92, resident of The Renaissance Assisted Living wife of the late Fred T. Bridges, Jr. passed away Saturday May 10, 2014 at her home.

Born in Due West, SC she was a daughter of the late Joseph Norton Nance and Elise Duva Reed Nance.

Elise graduated from Agnes Scott College and from Erskine College Theological Seminary. At the time of her death, Elise was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Due West Lions Club. She had served as an elected member of the Due West Town Council, the Bonclarken Church Assembly Board of Advisors, and the Erskine College Board of Counselors.

Mrs. Bridges had wide experience in denominational church work for over sixty years. She introduced the teaching of Bible as an elective course in the schools of Quincy, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas. At the time of her retirement, she was the Associate Director of Missions in Europe and the Middle East for the Baptist Foreign Mission Board. Following their retirement, the Bridges served as Management Consultants for the Baptist International Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland.

Survivors include her son Vance Maddox Bridges; her daughter Sara Bridges Metz of Richmond, VA; Sara's three sons Fletcher Thomas Metz, his wife Joanna and their daughter Elena; Terence Christian Metz, his wife Laura and their son Connor and daughters Katherine Lee and Mary Elise; and Hunter Campbell Metz and his wife Jennifer and their son Christian.

Interment services will be conducted Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Due West ARP Church Cemetery with the Revs. Calvin Draffin and Roy Beckham officiating. A memorial service will follow the interment in the Due West ARP Church Sanctuary. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary following services Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorials in memory of Elise to The Renaissance, PO Box 307, Due West, SC 29639 or to the Scholarship Fund at the Erskine Theological Seminary.


Due West ARP Church
112 Main St
Due West, SC  29639
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
After services


Due West ARP Church
112 North Main Street
Due West, SC  29639
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
11:00 AM


Due West ARP Church Cemetery
112 Main Street
Due West ,  SC  29639

Memorial Contributions

The Renaissance
PO Box 307
Due West, SC 29639 Scholarship Fund
at the Erskine Theological Seminary
Due West, SC 29639

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My deepest sympathy to the family of Elise Nance Bridges. She was my mother's (Ila Belle Levie Bagwell) room-mate at Agnes Scott.

Fran Bagwell May 29 2014 12:00 AM

Lou Ann and I knew Elise as career missionaries in Europe and especially through the Area Office. We appreciated her many kindnesses and outstanding professionalism. Our lives were blessed by her service and friendship. Please know of our prayers for you her family in this time of loss. May her passing be a memorial to her life and spirit. - Lou Ann and Hal Lee, 1962-1997

Hal Lee May 12 2014 12:00 AM

At the FMB, I knew and admired Elise (and Fred). She was funny, kind, and so clever. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

Jan Taylor May 12 2014 12:00 AM

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of Elise. We have many fond memories of Elise and Fred at River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Va.Ann and Gus Sledge

George and Ann Sledge May 12 2014 12:00 AM

Sara and Vance, Your mother was a wonderful lady! I enjoyed working with her and learned so much from her. My prayers are with you during these coming days.Pat Deck Killian

Pat Deck Killian May 12 2014 12:00 AM