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 Phyllis Olson Bradt

Phyllis Olson Bradt

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Death 2 May 2001 (aged 76)
Burial La Mesa, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100046281 · View Source
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Phyllis Bradt volunteer aided the needy here and abroad : Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Friday, May 18, 2001
Deceased Name: Phyllis Bradt volunteer aided the needy here and abroad
Phyllis Bradt's volunteer commitments extended from her La Mesa hometown to a South African township.
As co-chairwoman of the mission committee at Foothills United Methodist Church, she joined at least 30 fellow parishioners in three-week overseas building projects during the mid-1990s.
Closer to home, she was a fixture in such social service organizations as Thursday Club and Country Friends as well as the Committee of 100, a Balboa Park preservation group.
"Phyllis was the epitome of what I would call a lady -- charming, gracious and always uplifting," said Joyce Butler, a fellow member and officer of the Thursday Club. "She really had a heart to do for others. She was somebody you could totally count on."
Mrs. Bradt, who was diagnosed with lung cancer 17 months ago, died May 2 in her La Mesa home. She was 76.
In 1994, she and her husband, Dr. Garrett G. Bradt, were among about 30 Foothills members who helped refurbish a church and youth camp in Juneau, Alaska.
Two years later, they took on a more daunting project: resurrecting a small country church in disrepair in a South African township and building a parsonage for its new pastor.
The project enlisted the help of villagers in the township, called Morreson, which is populated by people of mixed racial origin. Mrs. Bradt and her fellow mission committee members paid the villagers with funds they had raised through rummage sales and car washes sponsored by their La Mesa church.
"Phyllis did a lot of painting and cooking," her husband said. "We stayed there with local farmers and linked up with a church in Port Elizabeth to help keep the township church going."
Mrs. Bradt's efforts in mission projects, along with donating food and clothing to the Good Neighbor Center in Chollas View, earned her a certificate of special recognition from United Methodist Women.
"Phyllis was constantly involved in outreach work for the community," said the Rev. John Farley, pastor of Foothills.
Mrs. Bradt, who came to the San Diego area with her husband in 1946, was born in Litchfield, Minn. She grew up in Milwaukee and met her future husband while working as a secretary for the Navy in New York during World War II.
With her encouragement, her husband left the real estate business in San Diego in the 1950s to study medicine, earning a medical degree at Columbia University in New York.
In 1963, he opened a family practice in La Mesa. While her husband completed his medical education, which he had begun as an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, Mrs. Bradt supported him and her young daughter, Garrianne, by doing secretarial work for Hazeltine Electronics in New York.
After the Bradts settled permanently in La Mesa, Mrs. Bradt continued her activities in the Thursday Club, which she had joined in 1946. She also became a member of the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Historical Society and the San Diego Opera Guild.
The Bradts made more than 40 trips together apart from their church work, visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. Mrs. Bradt took a jungle walking tour in Borneo that took her into a village of headhunters in the early 1980s.
Another favorite trip was a driving tour through the fishing villages of Nova Scotia.
Mrs. Bradt's husband, who retired in 1989 from Vista La Mesa Medical Group on University Avenue, traces his San Diego roots to 1869, when his grandfather, Garrett Garreon Bradt, arrived from San Francisco and began buying property.
Mrs. Bradt's husband cared for her during her illness until the last week of her life, when she was under home hospice care.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Garrianne Bradt of Phillips Ranch; sisters, Maxine Lassiter of San Diego and Joanne Brennan of St. Paul, Minn.; and brothers, Alan and Roger Olson of Milwaukee and Gerald Olson of San Francisco.
Services were May 10 at Foothills United Methodist Church, La Mesa. Donations were suggested to the church's endowment fund.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100046281
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phyllis Olson Bradt (8 Aug 1924–2 May 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100046281, citing Foothills United Methodist Church Columbarium, La Mesa, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by PIN ❤️ (contributor 47281994) .