March 01, 2019


Mary Denese Short- Bridges
March 04, 1955 - February 25, 2019

Mary Denese Short- Bridges was born March 4, 1955 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to her loving parents the late Tom and Elnora Short.  She was the youngest of (11) siblings. Denese, affectionately known as Denese or Neat was educated in the Bogalusa City School System.  She graduated from Bogalusa High School in May 1973.  She obtained her Master's Degree From Loyola University and PH.D from University of Florida.  She was a studious young lady with strong Christian values.  Denese was passionate about helping others in her community and working in the church.

Denese married  her soulmate, Walter Bridges Sr. on March 3, 2001.  Their love for each other in sickness and in health is indisputable.  They remained connected in their vows until her return to our heavenly father's  house.  Denese accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age at Salter Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  She was a  member of the Tulane Memorial Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Denese  participated and distributed her talents and services while in high school to the Beta club, Pep Squad, Student Council, Advisory Board, Timberland Talk Staff, Homeroom Representative, B.O.S.S. Member, Safety Council, and the T's Teens.  She was the recipient of the Speech Award and the American Legion award while in high school.

Denese entered Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall of 1973. Her passion was to become a teacher.  She graduated in 1977 from Southeastern La. University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  She became a loyal and loving charter member of the Alpha Angel group in 1975 and a charter member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority- Lambda Omicron Omega Chapter on May 14, 1977 at Southeastern.

After graduation from Southeastern, Denese taught in the Bogalusa City School System.  Thereafter, she made her move to New Orleans, LA.

She was employed by Total Community Action as a Coordinator/Director over Senior Citizen program located in Central City.  Her Next employment move took her to Dillard University.  She worked in various positions on the campus from the Provost Office to Assistant Vice President for Facility Management.

Denese was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Elnora Short, and siblings; Curtis Short, Tommie Lee Short, Fermon Short, Jerome Short, Gloria Dyson, and Josephine McClain.

She is survived by living siblings; Donald (Charlotte) Short of Reserve, Louisiana, Willie (Pamela) Short of Alexandria, Louisiana, Sadie Tate of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Annie Smith of Slidell, Louisiana and Adrean (Willie) Batiste, Bogalusa, Louisiana and sister-in-law Georgia Short (wife of deceased brother Jerome Short). She also leaves to morn her step children, Walter Bridges II and Tye Bridges, grandsons, Tre Bridges and Trevor Bridges, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Visitation will continue Monday, March 4, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Dillard University Lawless Chapel in New Orleans. The Funeral will be at 12:00 PM on March 4, 2019 at the Dillard Lawless Chapel. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana.

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