Glenda Lee Bevis

Glenda Lee Bevis was taken all too soon from her loving family and friends on Aug. 21 at her home in Lewistown. She was born on April 15, 1955 in Lewistown, Montana to Earl and Leila (Moir) Bevis. She was soon joined by her brother Tim, sister Bonnie and brother Pat.

Glenda graduated from Thompson Falls High School in 1973. She married James Bridgeford in May 1976, and from this union came her three greatest joys in life. To Jim and Glenda came firstborn daughter, LeAnna May, followed by Krystal Michelle, and then a son, Bradley James.

Glenda attended Montana Tech of the University of Montana and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 1997. She attended School of Law at the University of Montana and graduated with a Doctor of Law degree (Doctor of Jurisprudence) in Spring 2001. One of her greatest accomplishments was her graduation from law school. Her dad, Earl had always dreamed of her being a lawyer. For eight years Glenda worked for Missoula Montana Legal Services in a job that she not only loved, but excelled at.

In December, 2001, Glenda married Carlton Whorley. Glenda decided to put her career on hold and move back to Lewistown to be near her family and friends, but mainly to take care of her daughter LeAnna. With Leanna’s disability progressing more each day, she was in need of constant care and there was no one better equipped for the job than her mom. There was also no one who wanted to be closer to LeAnna than Glenda.

As many know, Glenda had a deep affection for butterflies and there is a saying which best reminds us of her. “A butterfly to remind me, even though we are apart, your spirit is always with me, forever in my heart.”

Glenda is survived by her husband, Carlton Whorley of Lewistown; her children, Krystal Bridgeford and Bradley Bridgeford; her mother, Leila Bevis of Winnett; siblings Tim (Debbie), Bonnie (Ralph) and Patrick (Nikki); and the father of her children, James Bridgeford. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Bevis, and her daughter, LeAnna Bridgeford. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. in Lewistown at the Eagles Club. Cards can be mailed to Bradley Bridgeford, 462 Hwy 191 N, Lewistown, MT 59457.

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