Arlene Maria Bridges

Arlene Maria Bridges, 56, of Benton went to her eternal home May 10, 2014 in Little Rock.  She was born March 21, 1958 in Pisa, Italy to the late Joseph Kindell and Franca (Redini) Bridges.
Arlene was a Christian and lived for her family, her many friends, her cats and scrapbooking.  She was a public school and special education teacher in Arkansas and Mississippi for more than 16 years.
Arlene served as a Special Olympics coordinator, was a past president of the Association for Retarded Citizens, a former Teacher of the Year and a Master Scrapbooker.  Arlene’s unique perspective on life, her strong personality, quirky sense of humor and big heart will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jenny Skorupa.
She is survived by her brother, Bruno Bridges of North Little Rock; a nephew whom she considered a son, Austin Skorupa; other nephews, Cody Bridges and Tyler Hill; nieces, Laura Hill, Kyndel Hill, Magen Schaub, and Kimberly Tannehill; and many beloved friends.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, at Northside Church of Christ with Toney Stowers officiating. Burial will follow at New Rosemont Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers are Cody Bridges, Fernando Toledo, Richard Clark, Brent Houston, Austin Skorupa, and Brian Sewell.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047).
In lieu of flowers or gifts of food, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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