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Kathleen Bridget Newman July 1, 1957 - June 9, 2024

Kathleen Bridget Newman, 66, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2024, at her home in Springville, Utah, after battling Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

Born on July 1, 1957, in Sacramento, California, she was the daughter of Jay Howard Merrell and Mary Catherine Collins. She graduated from BYU, then earned her master’s degree from SUU, and went on to work at Dixie High School.

Bridget was known for organizing the International Folk-Fest Festival in St. George, Utah. She loved traveling the world with various folk-dance groups and inspiring the kids at Dixie High School. She loved giving service to her friends and family, going to concerts with her husband, and making friends everywhere she went. She touched many lives with her generosity, sense of humor, kindness, and she maintained friendships around the world.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; her three children: Jay, Bryce, and Landrea; her grandkids; and a wide circle of friends and relatives.

A graveside service for family and friends to attend will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at Payson City Cemetery, 805 East 400 North, Payson, Utah 84651. Following the graveside service, everyone is invited to a luncheon, to celebrate Bridget’s life, held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, 259 East Alpine Drive, Elk Ridge, Utah 84653


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Graveside Service

Wednesday morning, June 12, 2024
11:00 a.m.
Payson City Cemetery
800 East 400 North
Payson, Utah 84651


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    Marion Rumney says

    My condolences to the family . Bridget was always such an example to me of cheerfulness despite challenges . She always had a smile for all and was also such an example of faith as despite working full time she also served in the ST George Temple .

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    Ellen Stucki says

    I am so sorry to hear of Bridget’s passing. She was such a good friend to all at Dixie High School. She always went the extra mile in everything she did, and she did it with a smile on her face. She was always so willing to help teachers, students, and staff members at the school. She certainly was missed when she retired. I pray you as
    her family will find peace and comfort.

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    Dale and Ellen Clyde says

    On behalf of the Grasslands 5th Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Ashford Assisted Living Center, we want to express our condolences to Bridget’s family and friends. She had a beautiful smile, and we love her beautiful spirit.

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    Morgan Russell Treadwell says

    We loved Ms. Bridget with our whole FFA hearts. She was a gift to our Ag Issues teams and was a second mom to all of us in Louisville and Indianapolis. Landrea we love you dearly. – Jake Russell and Morgan Russell-Treadwell

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