Bridget Marie Gates Durante passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022. She was born on Sept. 27, 1968 in Pocatello, ID. She attended Emerson Elementary, Pocatello, Pierce Elementary, Pierce, William Thomas Middle School, American Falls, and American Falls High School, where she graduated in 1986.
She then attended Gonzaga University for two years before transferring to Idaho State University where she earned her degree in education. She had many cherished friends while attending these schools.
She was an accomplished musician and played the flute in both high school and university concert bands. In addition, she performed with the Pocatello Municipal Band (which was founded by her grandfather, Guy Gates) for several years, as well as performed with a local Bell Choir.
She taught in a number of elementary schools in Salt Lake City, Arlington, VA, and Pocatello. She often spoke with pride when her students excelled.
She was married to Thomas Durante on Aug. 3, 1991. They later divorced.
She loved the color pink, roses and had a sparkling laugh that lit up her green eyes. She was always up for an adventure and compared herself to Lucille Ball (of the show, I Love Lucy) who had the same red hair as her.
She is survived by her children, Adam Durante and Andrew Durante; her parents, Arthur and Nancy Gates; and her sister, Kathleen Gates.
She lived a life filled with challenges, both internal and external, and had been courageously working on creating a life of joy and contentment. While she may not have quite reached that goal in life, she is now in the loving embrace of Jesus where she will have more joy and contentment than she’ll know what to do with.
Her funeral will be held: Friday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 455 North Hayes, Pocatello, ID 83204.
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