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‘Natural causes’ eyed in Milano teacher death

Milano teacher Bridget Barf ield was found dead at her home on County Road 330 just south of Milano on Monday morning, and officials are saying the death was due to “natural causes.”

Milam County Deputy Chris White said that the 60-year-old was found unresponsive at her residence and a call was made to the sheriff’s office at approximately 7:45 a.m. Monday.

A friend found Barf ield at her home after family members could not get a hold of her over the weekend, White said.

Milam County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Andy Isaacs handled the inquest and decided not to order an autopsy due to no foul play suspected and Barfield’s past medical history.

“ There was no evidence in the house of foul play and she had been known to have had an aneurysm and chose not to have it operated on,” Issacs said.

“Myself and the deputies (on scene) felt that it would not be necessary,” Isaacs said.

Barfield was a graduate of Milano High School and had moved back from Montana just last year to become an English teacher at Milano ISD. She also served as the school’s yearbook advisor.

“We are very saddened and shocked at the sudden death of Mrs. Barfield,” MISD superintendent Robert Westbrook said Tuesday. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family.”

Westbrook said that Barfield has submitted her resignation just last week from her teaching position.

“She said she was planning on traveling to Europe and especially Paris, France because that is somewhere she had always wanted to go,” Westbrook said.

Services are pending for Barfield with Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.


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