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Bridgid Flynn Ross, 60

January 23, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Bridgid Rose Flynn Ross was a teenager, she took horseback riding lessons with her sister Deirdre at Clover Hill Farm in Williamstown.

"Deirdre has great form," the riding instructor said, "but Bridgid is one with the horse." The observation captured Bridgid's uncanny gift. She was someone who connected so deeply with animals and nature that, as a child, she would bottle-feed orphaned mice in her dresser drawer. Throughout her life, she took in animals in need of rescuing, much like the Irish saint for whom she was named. 

She invested the same care in her family, nurturing her three beloved sons and grandchildren.

Bridgid died Jan. 23 in Nampa, Idaho, after a four-year battle with cancer. She died in her own bed in the arms of her husband of 40 years. She died in a house that in the summertime was surrounded by green fields and roses. She was 60.

Bridgid was born on Dec. 3, 1960, in Gary, Ind. to Kathleen (Madigan) Flynn and the late Terrence Flynn. She was the second of six children — three girls and three boys. In 1970, the family moved to Williamstown, and Bridgid attended Mount Greylock Regional High School, where she played field hockey.

The West called to her, and, though it meant leaving her family, she found her way to California where she met Mike Ross. They married on Jan. 9, 1981, with a justice of the peace and a Native American shaman. 

Over the next four decades, they lived in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Dakota and, finally, Idaho. In each place, Bridgid escaped whenever she

could into the natural beauty of her surroundings. She loved hiking whether in the Indiana sand dunes of her childhood, the Berkshire foothills or the Rocky Mountains.

She also pursued the life of the mind, consuming books and articles on history and politics, medicine, science and nature. She loved facts. She also loved poetry, theater and folk music. There was no topic on which Bridgid could not speak intelligently. Her research skills were so exceptional and her grasp of complex ideas so evident that people often assumed she had advanced degrees.

Bridgid had a keen sense of social justice and fairness, was a champion of the underdog and a loyal friend to all.

She was also hilariously funny. No one could spend an hour with Bridgid without devolving into hysterical laughter. She relished the absurd and could be delightfully mischievous. Once, fed up with a prank caller bothering her younger sister, she grabbed the phone and delivered an Eleanor Roosevelt impression that left everyone in stitches. She loved having a good time and could roll with any situation.

Motherhood fulfilled her. She loved singing and reading to her three boys and her grandchildren. And she fiercely protected them.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her sons Christopher Ross and William Ross of Nampa, Idaho, and Justin Ross of Sacramento, Calif.; mother Kathleen Flynn of Adams; sisters Deirdre Flynn Sullivan (the late Arthur), of Williamstown, and Eileen Flynn DeLaO (Abraham) of Austin, Texas; brothers Christopher Flynn (Darcy) of Hardwick, Kilian Flynn (Traci) of North Adams., and Nicholas Flynn (Nancy) of Worcester; her grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a memorial when it is safe to gather.

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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Our condolences and sympathies are sent to the entire Flynn Family.
from: The Daugherty Family on: 02-06-2021

I knew and loved Bridgid Flynn. She was my best friend for 2 years and we shared many special moments together.. I would sleep over Bridgid’s house every weekend on Friday and Saturday nights! I loved hanging out with Bridgid. We shared secrets, made promises and I thought that Bridgid would live forever. She was dependable, loyal, protective and funny as all get put! I thought that I would know Bridgid forever.
But life intervened as it will and I did not see Bridgid for another 40 years. We spent an afternoon together and enjoyed each other’s company. Bridgid told me that she had cancer. I had thought that Bridgid would live forever.
I was not at my personal best when I saw Bridgid that lady time.ode had intervened with me as well and I had demons that were plaguing me. I wish that I could redo that last visit with Bridgid. I wish I could have a do-over of my last time in Bridgid’s company. I would tell her that I missed her over the years and that I had always smiled when I recalled the time that our lives had been so entwined. I would tell her that I wished we had stayed in touch over those 40 years. I would tell her that I wished we had more than a few hours to play catch-up.
Bridgid, I have really missed your presence in my life over the years. I wish that I had been a better friend to you the last time we spent together. Bridgid you were a true-blue friend Bridgid and I have missed your presence in my life. Thank you for all the good old days and for all the memories we made together. Rest In Peace and Power Bridgid. I will remember you always!
from: Jill Daughertyon: 02-05-2021

I did not know Bridgid, but from the sounds of it she was a great person and very well loved. We can all only hope someone would write such a lovely tribute to our lives. Rest in Peace.
from: Anonymouson: 02-03-2021

I didn't know her but after reading this obituary, in these incredibly challenging times, I want to say what a wonderful world we'd be living in if everyone was a Brigid. My condolences to her family and friends. I wish them a heart filled with her love and s mind filled with memories of your times together.

Judy Nadeau
from: Judy Nadeauon: 02-02-2021

What a beautiful soul has been lost to this world. How fortunate for all those who shared time with Bridgid . I never met her , but was very touched by this heartfelt obituary. May she Rest In Peace , and if there be guardian angels , I’d love for her to adopt me. 🙏
from: DAVID LIPINSKIon: 02-01-2021

Rest in Peace Bridget Lynn Flynn, I am sure a kindred spirit. May the wind be always at your back now and forever, an Irish blessing. sympathy and prayers to all her loved ones.
from: Patrick James Murphy Grayon: 01-29-2021

I am sincerely sorry to read of Brigid's passing. Her obituary is a beautiful testimonial to who she was and how she lived her life. She obviously touched many lives.

Susan "Noonie" Shepherd
(Your former Gary, IN neighbor)
from: Susan ("Noonie" Shepherdon: 01-29-2021

God bless Bridgid and all of her sisters and brothers. She was a georgeous person. I remember her when all the Flynns lived next to us on Cobbleview Rd. in Willaimstown. My heart goes out to all of you and your mom. Bless you all.
from: DIXIE PASSARDIon: 01-29-2021

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