Mildred "Millie" Jean Bridgewater

  • Born: October 21, 1929
  • Died: November 13, 2017
  • Location: Indio Hills, California

FitzHenry - Wiefels

83057 Requa Avenue
Indio, CA 92201
Tel. (760) 347-2265

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mildred "Millie" Jean Bridgewater 88 of Indio Hills, CA was born in Terre Haute Indiana on October 21, 1929. She once owned a janitorial service, worked at Gemco, and retired from Target where she worked as a phone operator for many years.
She loved to read, garden, bowl, play bunco, go to lunch, and play cards, which earned her the nickname of "Card Granny". She never met a person she didn't like and she met many due to her gift of gab, which we all seemed to have inherited from her. She had the biggest, most loving heart and how it fit in that little 4' 8" frame is a mystery. She never hung up the phone or walked away without first saying "I love you," and we loved her in return, more than what can be measured. We have lost the Matriarch of our family, and our greatest friend. She was lovingly called "Grandma" by many and when given such a precious gift, it was only right that we share her. She was preceded in death by her sons Jerry Bridgewater of Indio and Kim Bridgewater of Indio Hills.
She is survived by her sister Mary Ruth Mier (David) of Indiana, her children Jean Humphries (Allen) of Arkansas, Paul Bridgewater of New York, and Harriet Macknicki of Coachella, Her grandchildren Tina Alvidrez (Alfredo) of Palm Desert, Jamie Macknicki (Ken) of Indio Hills, Sandra Escobar of Arkansas, Sherrie Wolfe (Jim) of Texas, Jacob Macknicki (Jayme) of Indio, Matthew Bridgewater of San Diego, Kory Bridgewater of Indio, and 12 great grandchildren who were the light of her life.
A celebration of her life will be on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 10:00 am at Destiny Church 82545 Showcase Pkwy, Indio, CA
FitzHenry-Wiefels Indio has been entrusted with arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of millyy's passing. My parents were dear friends with her for many years dating back to Hoosier days.

Posted by Donna Smith - Fort Wayne, IN   January 18, 2018


To the loving family of Mrs. Mildred Bridgewater.

Our heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and condolences are with you all on the loss of a beautiful lady.

She will be dearly missed by all her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her.

She is now in the hands of God in his kingdom in heaven. May she RIP.


Dolores & Christina Chavira

Posted by Dolores Chavira - Coachella, CA   December 05, 2017

Wishing I could be there today to celebrate Millie. She was an amazing Lady . She had an uncanny ability of being there for you when you needed a friend or a kind word. Prayers and deepest sympathies Harriet, Jeanne, Paul, Tina and the entire Bridgewater Family.

Posted by Renee Clark - Newark, DE   December 02, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by A friend   December 02, 2017

Ruby and I send our love and sincere condolences to the family. Millie was a most unique and special woman who was loved by many. Her unique sense of humor and the way she lived life to the fullest made her larger than life.

May she Rest In Peace.

Dave and Ruby Ison

Posted by Dave Ison - Indio, CA   December 01, 2017

I called my Aunt Millie "Aunt Sillie," but she was anything but. When she and my Mom, her sister, were together I called them "Heckle and Jeckle" after the cartoon birds. She ended all our conversations with "love you madly," and she truly did love all of those who were dear to her with a fierce and mad love. She will be inside me forever.

Posted by Liz Brown - Seattle, WA   December 01, 2017

Sweet, spunky, beautiful Millie! We have had the pleasure of being around your beautiful family for many years and have had the priviledge of observing the love they have for you. You have touched many hearts, we are all left with beautiful memories. We love you Millie, you will be deeply missed!

Posted by Frank, Linda and Cameron Silva - Indio, CA - Friend   December 01, 2017

Millie, we never got to have that will be truly were one in a million hope you and mom are having a good time in heaven it definitely will never be the same with the two of you .... May you RIP you...condolences to the family....

Posted by Brenda Blackstone - Indio, CA   December 01, 2017

Such a wonderful person, she will be missed but not forgotten by Ruby and I.

Posted by James Hagemier - Clinton, UT   December 01, 2017

Millie was a pistol. She was the sweetest, kindest little lady I ever met. She really packed a lot of love into her life and we all loved her right back.
Millie, you will be missed.
Condolences to her family and many friends.

Posted by Joy Collie - Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.   December 01, 2017

I offer my sincere condolences to all in the family. It is never easy when we lose someone we love. May you find comfort and peace through prayer. Psalms 94:19 Sincerely,K.

Posted by A friend   November 22, 2017


Posted by Jesse Gutierrez - EmporiaX4kee - Family   November 21, 2017

Millie will be with me for the rest of my life. She was a very wonderful Lady so kind and enjoyable to be around. She is now bowling with others in Heaven

Posted by Vernon Avery - Rancho Cordova, CA   November 20, 2017

Millie will be missed by all! She was such an awesome little lady with a heart of Gold. if you met her, you loved her. Always so positive and friendly. It was an honor and privilege to have know this wonderful woman. Thank you for making this world a better place. We love you and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Cynthia Rice - La Quinta, CA   November 20, 2017

To The Bridgewater Family,

I meet Millie in 1967 when I was 17 and I will always
remembering entering that friendship and most of
all becoming a part of the family by adoption. Such a wonderful person. She reminded me of my Mom
who she met. They were the same height and two
power balls for their size.

Heaven will never be the same. Love ya Millie I miss see you at the Bowling Alley. R.I.P...

Their is now a bowling league in Heaven's.

Posted by Jack Sloan - Indio, CA   November 19, 2017

Millie, you will be truly missed. We loved your smile and warm hugs. Our deepest sympathies to the family left behind, she was a wonderful person!❤

Posted by Stacy Long - La Quinta, CA - Friend   November 18, 2017

My sincere condolences to you and your dear family. May God be with all of you through these difficult times.

Posted by Maribel Gale - Rancho Mirage, CA - Family Friend   November 18, 2017


My condolences to Harriet and the Bridgewater Family. One of a kind. Going to the Fairesters I'd stop and chat. Then again on Facebook.
May the Lord guide you in strength for such a great loss.
God Bless
Grace A. Hernandez

Posted by Grace Hernandez - Coachella, CA   November 18, 2017

Harriet, I Hope and Pray that you and your Family will be ok. God bless you and your Family.

Posted by Steve Alvarez - Sacramento, CA   November 18, 2017

My condolences to Millie's Family . Long wonderful life and loved by family and friends.

Blessings ,

Mary F Gipson

Posted by mary gipson - Bermuda Dunes, CA   November 18, 2017

She was a ray of sunshine that anyone who knew her was blessed by her warmth. Truly one of a kind.

Posted by Dede Grutz - friend   November 17, 2017

For such a petite woman, Millie has left a giant influence in her family, friends and community. So many great stories, smiles and memories. Condolences to her family and loved ones. And that is a very big large circle of people.

Posted by Billie Salamone - La Quinta, CA - Friend   November 17, 2017

Millie light up every room and put a smile on everyone's face.

Posted by Judith Wallis - Indio, CA - Family Friend   November 17, 2017

So sorry for the families loss. My condolences.

Posted by Linda Montez - LaQuinta, CA   November 17, 2017

What a loss to our little community. Millie will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to your family. You are all in our prayers.

Posted by Castillo Family Ruth & Johnny and Family - Coachella, CA - Friend   November 16, 2017