2nd Lt., U.S. Army, World War II
Anchorage Daily News July 13, 2003
Soldotna resident Beatrice E. "Bea" Bradford, 84, died July 10, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Nathan Morrison will speak. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mrs. Bradford was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Pharr, Texas. After high school, she received registered nurse training in San Antonio, graduating in 1940. She served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corp., where she was a second lieutenant. Mrs. Bradford was a registered nurse, working in Heidelberg, Germany; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Spokane, Wash. From August 1962 to July 1966, she lived at Fort Richardson and was a registered nurse at Elmendorf Air Force Base. She then returned to New Mexico with her husband and worked as a nurse there until shortly after he retired. They then moved to California, living in San Diego and Salinas. She and her husband returned to Soldotna on May 29, 1989. Mrs. Bradford was a member of Funny River Road Church of Christ in Soldotna. She also enjoyed sewing, hiking, reading and flower gardening. Mrs. Bradford is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Don Bradford of Soldotna; sons, Don Bradford Jr. of Anchorage, Doss Bradford of Eugene, Ore., and David Bradford of Salinas, Calif.; daughters, Darlene Steddum of Santa Maria, Calif., and Debbie Donaldson of Tillamook, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Florine Dietz of Mission, Texas. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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