It’s been a tough year for community residents of Green Mountain Falls, with several notable icons passing away.
Last week, town residents came out in force to celebrate the life of another well-regarded resident and business owner, Kat “Gail” Aleana Bridenbaker. Bridenbaker died on Nov. 9 during a fatal fire at her home in GMF, along with her dog BB.
The service was held at the Church in the Wildwood, followed by a reception at the Sallie Bush center, with catering conducted by the Mucky Duck restaurant.
Family members and area residents told colorful stories regarding Bridenbaker’s life, capped by her amazing upholstery and sewing work and reputation for raising Great Danes and driving a big-electric blue dodge truck. Kat, as she was fondly referred to, also gained quite a reputation for speaking her mind and comforting those who needed help. No shortage of stories and photos occurred during a celebration of life that brought many locals together.
Kat started the Rocking K Upholstery shop in Green Mountain Falls in 1998, which became a staple of much community activity, with her daughter Deanna LeBeau. Bridenbaker, who was 77 at the time of her death, did many activities with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her death has jolted many in the community who are still grieving over the loss of key community icons for generations. To assist with any fundraising or help for the family, visit the Green Mountain Falls community page on Facebook.