|Birth: ||May 17, 1928|
|Death: ||May 5, 2013|
WALNUT — Naomi Simmons Bradshaw, 84, of Walnut died at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home.
She was born on May 17, 1928, in Parsons to Raymond E. and Ruth (Hunt) Sharp. She graduated from Erie High School in 1946. She attended Parsons Junior College and Pittsburg State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
On Aug. 10, 1951, she married George Richard Simmons in Erie. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1984.
She married Donald Eugene Bradshaw on Oct. 25, 1986, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Walnut. He survives of the home.
Mrs. Bradshaw had lived in Erie, Galesburg, Kimball and Walnut and had been a school teacher, journalist, farm wife and Methodist minister. She taught school at Oak Grove, Kimball, Stark, St. Paul and Parsons. She worked at an egg processing plant in Cherryvale and was a reporter and writer for Farm Talk newspaper in Parsons. She was assistant editor of The Great Years in Chanute. She had been lay minister at United Methodist churches in Stark, Walnut and Hepler.
She was a member of Stark United Methodist Church. She had been a project leader for the Lucky 13 4-H club and served on the Neosho County 4-H Advisory Board and Neosho County Fair Board. Other memberships and activities included the Erie FFA Alumni Chapter, Kansas and American Agri Women, Grant E.H.U., Neosho County Extension Council Board, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Poultry Association.
Other survivors include two sons, Joe Richard Simmons of Grove, Okla., and Jack Evan Simmons of Erie; a daughter, Susan Ruth (Simmons) Jackson of Lowell, Ark.; four stepsons, Kevin Joseph Bradshaw of Deep River, Iowa, Robert Eugene Bradshaw of Cottonwood Falls, Thomas Michael Bradshaw of Walnut and Mark David Bradshaw of Derby; three stepdaughters, Susan Marie (Bradshaw) Vitt of St. Paul, Kathleen Ann (Bradshaw) Sexton of Derby and Mary Paula (Bradshaw) Ostmeyer of Derby; five grandchildren; 18 stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gail Jay Sharp of Annandale, Va., and Lowell R. Sharp of Golden, Colo.; and two sisters, Carol Ruth Richardson of Stillwater, Okla., and Rosemary Alene Mattox of Derby.
Others preceding her in death include an infant daughter, Linda Kay Simmons; and a brother, Howard R. Sharp.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Stark United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Neosho County 4-H and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 182, Erie, 66733.
Raymond E. Sharp (1900 - 1979)
Ruth Hunt Sharp (1900 - 1941)
Mount Hope Cemetery
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Record added: May 07, 2013
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