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Obituary for Melba Rea Bridges (Murphy)

Melba Murphy Bridges 81 of Rutherfordton N.C. passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Melba was born June 4, 1938 in Spindale, NC and is the daughter of the late Alfred and Alberta Scoggin Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Moody Bridges; a brother David and his wife, Karla Dunlap Murphy; and her sister, Sandra Murphy Jennings and her brother-in-law Rev. John Jennings.
She is survived by her brother Sam and his wife Francine (Gaboriault) Murphy of Greenville, SC; and numerous nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, cousins.
She graduated from R-S Central High School in 1957 and attended Mars Hill College then transferred and graduated from Carson Newman College. After college, she worked at Rutherford County Hospital as supervisor for the Norris Briggs Clinic.
Melba was a special lady. She loved life and enjoyed traveling with her husband and then her brothers to the Wake Forest football and basketball games.
She was a beautiful classy lady; her clothing, jewelry and hair were always perfect. Her smile was contagious, and her heart was made of gold.
A fine musician, she was an accomplished organist and hand bell player. She was an organist for Spencer Baptist Church until she married Moody then she was the pianist for the First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. She was an amazing person and was involved with her churches in the choir, hand bells, pianist, organist as well as conducting weddings for many couples.
A celebration of Melba’s life will be held 2 PM Monday, February 17, 2020 at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tim Marsh officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton, 246 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to your local animal rescue group.