Jo Ann Warren Bridges

Profile Updated: July 5, 2010
Residing In: Fayetteville, GA USA
Occupation: Receptionist
Children: Myles Garrett, born 1971. Systems Analyst CDC. Allyn Isaacs, born 1975, nurse at A.G. Rhoads Assisted More…Living. And Natalie, born 1981, Admin. Assistant Atlanta Metro College.Stepson Christopher,born 1975, actor.

I've watched with pride some of my friends go from challenging childhoods to become successful leaders and business associates. And others who I thought had a free ticket to the good life move into lower paying, less glamorous careers where they felt their skills and time were more valued. So what it took me some time to learn is that life is not necessarily controlled by circumstances.

That being said I got married then I got a divorce and packed up my family and moved to Atlanta 25 years ago. I met a man named Wayne in 1986 whom I eventually married.He was my closest friend and the man I'd always wanted in my life. And though his life was cut short three years ago he will always remain a part me. A very nice lady sent me flowers after the funeral and a note that said now you know an angel by his first name. I read it every now and then to keep me smiling. I have since gone back to work as a receptionist at a senior activity center. Not my choice to work with a bunch of old folks was my first thought. But it's really about health and wellness and staying motivated in the retirement years. On any given day you'll probably hear anything form the Rolling Stones to The 4 Tops on the PA system. I take an aerobics class with Martha whose 68. She can kick her leg higher than a Radio City Rockett . I want to do that! Course if I tried that now they'd have to put me in traction. So just give me a few more months? They do everything from Tai Chi to Karioki. Not your Grandma's retirement home. So I actually ended up liking it here.

These 40 years have been an amazing journey. I've had the same best friends (Verlena Huff and Henrietta Cyprian) since kindergarten (52 years) and we still get together when we can. So we look forward to seeing you all in July.

School Story:

Back in the day we all went to summer school just to have something to do. One day coming from summer school Verlena, Henrietta, and I decided to take a shortcut to uptown. I can only guess that we were headed to Dairy Queen. So instead of going around the main building on the College Ave side we'd cut through it going through the boys shower room because it was summertime no one was "suppose" to be in there. Half way through Verlena and Retta took off screaming but my glasses were broken so it took me a few seconds to focus and then I was right behind them. There were several guys in there just coming out of the showers. So fellas on behalf of Verlena, Retta, and myself after 40 years we are really sorry. And not to worry, we still don't know who you were because we never saw your "faces"!

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I only remember you from passing between classes. Did not know your name.Just wanted to say today you look like you stepped right off "The Young and the Restless" set. That's a good thing!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
My oldest daughter Myles is 39. I'm sure she wants the whole world to know that. She and her husband Andre have a son Gabe 19, twin daughters, Cayla and Taylor 17,and the youngest daughter Kennedy 10.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Allyn is 34. She and her husband Rick have a daughter Cherokee Leah 15. I was allowed to give her a middle name to use as a back up just in case she decided not to use the first name. She uses Cherokee. Hmmmm. They also have a son Jewell 13. He is who he is. He's my jewel.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Natalie my youngest is 29. She is single, smart, and pretty.Per her request I removed my last comment and just say she is a very nice young lady.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
The G-Girls (grands) @the 5th annual "Just Us Girls" Christmas Party '09
Taylor,Kennedy,Cayla,and Cherokee (Karma not shown.)
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Faces only my mother could love.
Roosevelt 6, Jo-Ann 8, Yvonne 10, Larry 12
Easter Sunday 50 years ago.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
2010 Graduates Cayla and Taylor. Headed to Georgia Southern University in the fall.
Hey Retta and Verlena this is us 40 years ago,
Did we look THAT innocent!
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
My granddaughters graduated with honors in the top ten of their senior class. I am soooo proud.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Prom Night 2010. This is how they go to proms nowadays. And they hold them in fancy hotels. Verlena Huff and I double dated and rode in a '65 Mustang. I still think we had a lot more fun at our prom in the school cafeteria.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Prom Night 2010-Cayla and Taylor