MONTGOMERY, Ala. — There has been an outpouring of support and condolences after Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife Bridgette passed away Sunday. Marshall’s office said she passed away after a long struggle with mental illness.
“I got to know Bridgette years ago. Bridgette was a kind, loving, sweet person,” said Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson, “It’s just very tragic, and we’re really going to miss Bridgette. Just one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to know.”
Steve Marshall was the district attorney in Marshall County for years, and he calls the area home. “I’d just like to send my condolences to Steve and his whole family,” said Marshall County Commission chairman James Hutcheson, “It’s just a sad, sad situation when something like this happens.”
Representative Will Ainsworth wrote his condolences on Facebook saying, “My wife, Kendall, our children, and I send our prayers of comfort and solace to Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family. As fellow residents of Marshall County, Steve and his family are our neighbors, our friends, and our partners in Christ, so we share their hurt. I ask all Alabamians to join us in raising the Marshalls up in prayers of supplication as they seek the strength to move beyond this deeply personal tragedy.”
Countless other people in Marshall County reached out to Marshall and his family to express their condolences. He thanked them in a post on Facebook, saying, “Grateful for all the outreach on this difficult day. A beautiful soul left our earthly home today and will be desperately missed by those who loved her and that she touched with her gentle spirit. May she be basking in the glory of God until we meet again.”
Governor Kay Ivey released a statement Sunday expressing her condolences:
“This morning, I was incredibly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bridgette Marshall. Bridgette was the loving wife of Attorney General Steve Marshall and the caring mother of their daughter Faith. A mother is the backbone to a family and especially important to her daughter. I pray that Steve and Faith are comforted in this extremely difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one and certainly not as suddenly as this. I have spoken with Attorney General Marshall and offered my support. I know the people of Alabama will show the Marshall family great love and sympathy during this time.”
Marshall’s opponent in the Attorney General Republican runoff, former AG Troy King also gave out a statement about the loss:
“Paige and I just learned of the tragic death of Bridgette Marshall. Today is a sad and difficult day. Today we are not in different political campaigns or camps. We are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. We cannot imagine the deep sense of loss and grief the Marshall family must face. We offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers for Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family and pray that God’s grace and peace and hope will enfold and sustain them. Out of respect for the Marshall family, I have paused my campaign during this time of mourning. I have directed that all of our advertising be stopped. May God hold them in the palm of His hand.”
Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox released a statement saying, “Stephanie and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Bridgette Marshall. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marshall family during this very difficult time.”
My heart breaks for the family of Steve Marshall upon hearing of the passing of his wife Bridgette. I ask you to join me in lifting him, their daughter, family and friends in prayer at this tremendously difficult time.
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) June 24, 2018