|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 2010|
Friends and family said farewell at the Salvation Army Saturday to longtime church leader, Senior Soldier, and member of the Home League, Lolajean Bedilia Bradley, who died of cancer Jan. 25, 2010 at a health center in Sturgeon, Mo. where she'd been living since October.
Bradley was born in Independence, Mo. Dec. 1, 1929 to John and "Little Mama" Smith, and raised on a farm. She was a homemaker who continued to farm in Missouri as well as grow a large garden in Haines for many years.
Son Gary Bradley of Sturgeon was not sure how long his folks lived in Haines, but said his parents "went back and forth" between Alaska and Missouri for decades. They originally homesteaded on the Little Susitna River in the 1950s. After the 1964 earthquake, they returned to Missouri, but soon found their way north again.
Gene Bradley died in their home here in 2001. Lola stayed on until health concerns sent her south this winter. This week friends recalled with fondness the small, friendly woman with a down-home Missouri twang who was a fixture at Salvation Army rummage sales and recognizable for her long, white pig tail.
Bradley helped for years with the rummage sales, thrift store, and bazaars and enjoyed attending Salvation Army congresses where she made friends around Southeast Alaska.
Mary Lou Hart was in the Salvation Army Home League with Bradley. Bradley knitted and crocheted for charitable causes and responded helpfully to friends in need, Hart said.
Charlotte Olerud said Bradley often stopped by her store to share news of her large, far-flung brood. "She did like to talk. She was such a nice gal. She was very generous with her gifts for friends or family," Olerud said. Hart agreed that her friend never ran out of things to say. "She'd start talking in the store, and then when she got home she'd talk on the phone. She'd talk for two hours, then hang up, and call someone else."
Grandson Jimmy Chilton of Anchorage said Bradley liked to drive the plow on their family's Missouri farm. She was a dedicated canner and jam maker, adept at preserving produce, as well as salmon. In his memory she was either in church or at home cooking. "She put on the best Christmas spread you ever saw. She was definitely a spirit-filled little lady."
Bradley was buried at Jones Point following Saturday's service. Survivors include her four children, Donald, Susie, Ronnie, and Gary Bradley, as well as numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Eugene Bradley (1926 - 2000)*
Jones Point Cemetery
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