Shirley Bridgeforth


Shirley Ann Bridgeforth, sunrise June 23, 1954 and sunset June 23, 2021. Shirley was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shirley graduated from Mt. Healthy HS in 1972 and continued her education where she graduated and received her BA from West Virginia State University in 1976. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Shirley married Isaac Bridgeforth Jr. on August 12, 1977. They had 2 children: Isaac (Kourtnee) and Tia Bridgeforth. Shirley was fun, loving, kind, educated, and always prepared. She loved shopping, traveling, and hanging with family and friends. She was currently employed with the YWCA of Central Ohio headstart program as the education coordinator.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Richard Mitchell; and mother, Rosa Wages. Along with her children, Isaac (Kourtnee) and Tia Bridgeforth, left to cherish her memory are her 3 grandchildren, Tyler Richard Bridgeforth, Kennedi Bridgeforth, and Kraig Gibson; sisters, Deborah Johnson, Sandra Mitchell, Uyonne Rilter, Mary Louise Reece, and Mary Alice Caldwell; friends, Sandra Gunter, Ann Bridgeforth, Leo Wright, Pee Wee, Kelly, Jackie White, and Gwen Mitchell; and many other friends and family.

Shirley will be missed by family, friends, and all that had the honor of knowing her.

Visitation 1:00pm and Funeral 2:00pm Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Saun, Kiera and Skylar Drayton

    My deepest condolences to the family praying for peace that surpasses all understanding. My prayers are with Isaac, Tia, Mr.Bridgeforth, Kourtnee, Tyler and Kennedi and the entire Bridgeforth family may god grant you peace within your hearts and know we are with you during this time.

  2. Gayle Bridgeforth

    To Isaac Tia and family,Sometimes the most comforting words are the fewest , carefully chosen from within a heart of deep sympathy. Shirley will be greatly missed .
    Please except my condolences!
    Love Aunt Gayle and family

  3. Charmel Burton Carter

    Condolences to the family

  4. Bruce Poindexter

    To Isaac, and your family I’m sorry for the loss of your mother.Praying that God will give you comfort during this time.

  5. Faith Ministries Church

    Sis Gayle Bridgeforth and family-
    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of Sis Shirley and the love of family surround you and give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now, and only He can restore your spirit. Although we are saddened by your loss-we celebrate the wonderful life of your loved one.

  6. Expressing my deepest sympathy to Gayle, Ann, Issac and entire Bridgeforth family in the loss of your loved one. Praying God will continue to be your strength during this sorrowful time.

  7. Jacquelyn Woodward Marable

    My sincere condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Avra R. Leonard

    My sincere condolences to the family. I pray that the Lord will give you all comfort during this time.

  9. Sister Jenny Gary

    To Sister Gayle Bridgeforth and Family—
    My sincere and deepest sympathies are extended to you on the passing of your loved one. Please know that you are remembered in my thoughts, and I pray that you will find strength, peace, and comfort in God’s infinite love and grace.

  10. Venai Thompson Burrs

    My prayers and sincere condolences to the family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love, Venai Burrs

  11. Cassandra F Marshall

    To the Family of Shirley we the Sorors of. Delta SigmaThetaAlphaDeltaChapteWVSU who knew and loved Soror Shirley. Send our heartfelt Prayers To you from all over the country She was a beacon of light and joy on campus and loved us equally Mat God strengthen you She has earned her wings an will forever be in our hearts. Soror. Cassandra Williams -Marshall. aka Cassie N Detroit

  12. Vera Mitchell

    Sending love to Cousin Issac and Tia. Love you much and Uncle Wilbert sends his love. We will continually keep you in our prayers.

  13. It is with great heartfelt sympathy and Condolence that the former staff of the R.F. Hairston Early Learning Center (Refuge Missionary Baptist Church), Columbus, Ohio, learn of the transition of its former Director. Our prayers go out for the family and love-ones of our beloved associate and friend. God Bless! / / Robert and Jewell Cole and Staff

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