Bridget J. "Bridie" Schaffer, 92, widow of Rawland T. Schaffer, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at her
Born on Oct. 9, 1921, in Dublin, Ireland, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Hughes
Freeman. She retired from Campbell Soup Co. and the Sumter Police Department after serving more
than 20 years as a crossing guard. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Survivors include four children, Ruth Spradlin of Columbia, and Mary Aquilar, Tony Ellis (Wanda) and
Pat Hill (Charles), all of Sumter; a special friend, Virginia Ruis; two sisters, Madge Burke of Ireland
and Carmel Whitson of New York; a brother, Tony Freeman of New York; eight grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Doyle; and three brothers, Tommy Freeman, Johnny
Freeman and Richard Freeman.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with the
Rev. Charles Donovan, C.Ss.R. officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and
other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1589, Sumter, SC
29151 or to Tuomey Hospice, 500 Pinewood Road, Suite 2, Sumter, SC 29154.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Debbie Felder and Kim Cunningham for their
love and care.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the