Jan. 28, 2004-May 5, 2019

Bridget Madeline Mallo (AKA Bean), was born on January 28, 2004 in Butte, MT to Elizbeth Gardiner and Michael Mallo Sr. Bridget was the joy of her mother’s life. Bridget left this world peacefully on May 5, 2019 surrounded by her family from Cystic Fibrosis.

Bridget and her mother were best friends, Bridget leaving will leave a hole in Liz’s heart and life forever.

Bridget attended Kennedy and was a student at East Middle School at the time of her death.

Bridget enjoyed hanging out with all her family and friends and watching TV. Bridget was an incredible artist, she loved drawing. Bridget loved music and singing, she loved doing her makeup and communicating on Snapchat with her friends. A friend of Bridget’s had this to say “Bridget has shown me the positive sides of life and always showed me unconditional love and support. Her goofy smile and laugh could light up a room on the dimmest days.”

Bridget had a natural way with animals and loved all as family. She was especially fond of Aurora and Polar, her two canine companions which see would work for hours with teaching them manners. Bridget especially loved the time spent with Joshua and Nathen. Nathen and Bridget were very close and shared a special bond. Nathen and Bridget were lost without each other during the time that Bridget spent in Vermont.

Bridget was always aware that her life on earth would be short, but that never held her back. She gave this life all the fight she had in her every day. Bridget embraced life and was never afraid of dying.

Bridget had many friends and she loved them all. The testament to her life was the celebration of her life that she wanted to be a part of. Bridget’s friends and family were in attendance as well as many people from Butte and the surrounding area. There were over 400 people in attendance to wish Bridget well in her final journey.

She was a silent fighter,

With a demon in her lung.

That stole her breaths right from her,

Before they’d hardly passed her tongue.

He was a silent fighter,

Who was always taught to share,

And held his breath when he was with her,

Just so she could have his air.

We would like to thank Dr. Lysinger and all the nurses that have cared for Bridget with love and compassion over the past two years at Billings Clinic. We would also like to thank all the businesses that donated to Bridget’s Celebration of Life and truly making her feel like a princess for a day. A special thank you to Ginny Dieruf and the foundation for making Bridget’s celebration happen.

The 65 Roses Story

The “65 Roses” story dates back to 1965 when an observant 4-year-old, hearing the name of his disease for the first time, pronounced cystic fibrosis as "65 Roses." Today, “65 Roses” is a term often used by young children with cystic fibrosis to pronounce the name of their disease.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou

Survivors include her mother, Elizbeth Ann Gardiner; father, Michael Mallo Sr.; brothers, Joshua Paul, Nathen Mallo, Michael Mallo, Brendon Mallo, Bradley Mallo; sister, Michelle Mallo; grandfather, Timothy Gardiner Sr.; grandparents, Rose and Dale Paul; grandparents, Jacquie and Francis Cleland; godfather, Mike Hoyd; uncle and aunt, Gary and Paula Mallo; uncle, Donnie Mallo; uncle and aunt, Matthew and Julia Gardiner, and their children, Brandon and Emma Gardiner; aunt and uncle, Megan and David Hurlbert, and their children, Kinsley and Kevin Kowitz and Isabella Hurlbert; uncle, Jacob Loesch; uncle, Timothy Gardiner Jr.; uncle, Tyler Gardiner; aunt, Tammy Mallo; aunt, Angel Benoit and her children, Braydon and Andrew Mallo; aunt, Cathy Redfern; aunt, Cheryl and Don Zemljak; Caleb Cooper and family; cousins, Tiffaney O’Neill and son, Connor; Linda, Gary Jr. Mallo; Codi and Cori Mallo; Tracy Patrick; Tina Mallo; Patrick Hoyd and his son, Daniel Hannah Hoyd, Tanner Mallo, Emiliana Mallo, Fernando Mallo, Ashton Mallo, Alex and Tiffeny Redfern and their children, Tacoma and Katelyn; Amanda Redfern and her children, Dominick and Clayton; Angela and Shawn Harrison and their children Scott, Trenton, and Brayden; Stacy Mitchum and her children, Carmen and Camren; Kellie and John Thompson and their children, Emalie and Emmit; Andrew and Allison Gardiner and their children Callaway and Andrew Jr.; William Paul and his family; Kelly Paul and her family; Shannon Paul and her family; Michaelin Mulcahy and family; Sara Mulcahy and family; and special friends and families, Jackie Fury, Lexi and Anthony Fury, Stephanie Salgado-Santos and her family, Tom Fury and family, Kippi Furry and family, Dave Segna and family, Eli Diaz and family, Caleb Cooper and family, Joe Segna and family, Phil Pratt and family, and Larry Gwin and family.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Barbara Loesch; grandmother, Theresa Gardiner; great-grandparents, Delmer and Kathryn Gardiner; great-grandparents, Dan and Mary Ellen Cromrich; great-grandparents, Dan and Bonnie Blevens; great-uncle, Marcus Redfern; great-aunt and uncle, Ed and Sally O’Dean; aunt, Ann Cromrich; uncle, Dan Cromrich; uncle, Patrick Cromrich; uncle, Mathew Cromrich; uncle, George Gardiner; uncle, David Gardiner; uncle, Brian Mallo; uncle, Shawn Peterson; aunt, Desiree Fury.

Friends may call Friday morning after 9 a.m. at the Duggan Dolan Chapel. Funeral services will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Chapel. Private placement of ashes will be at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Cody Dieruf Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Bridget Mallo at http://breathinisbelievin.org/ or left with Duggan Dolan Mortuary for the family.

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