Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

Newborn babies have a way of bringing genuine smiles to one’s face, warmth to one’s heart unlike anything they have ever experienced before and unconditional love that could move mountains. Bridgett Oliver relayed those feelings as a young girl and pursued her passion of bringing them into the world by studying to be a labor and delivery nurse.


BJ and Teresa Oliver were proud to present their inaugural Bridgett J. Oliver Memorial Scholarship to Isabel Botha, who shares the same passion as their late daughter did of being a labor and delivery nurse. Pictured from left to right: Isabel Botha, Teresa Oliver and her daughter Maddie Oliver.

Sadly, an automobile accident took her life in March 2017. Just 21 years old, she was a senior honors nursing major at Radford University at the time. Hundreds of people that Bridgett touched with her kindness shared their love for her that made a profound impact on her parents, sister and brother.

Bridgett’s mother, Teresa Oliver, wrote; “Bridgett Jacqueline Oliver, in her brief 21 years, September 7, 1995 – March 31, 2017, was a daughter, sister, youth cheerleading coach, friend…



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