Nettie Mae James Bradley, 94
Nettie died at the age of 94 on Feb. 9, 2014, in Alamogordo. She was born in Denver, Colo., April 16, 1919, to Whatley Dee Martin and Maggie Sue Knox.
She is survived by a large family including one son, Alvin Dee James and wife, Sandra, of Corona and Bernalillo, N.M.; two daughters, Patsy Ruth Mulkey and husband, Lee, of Alamogordo, and Glenda Sue James, of Corona, N.M.; six grandsons; three granddaughters; 10 great-grandsons, six great-granddaughters; one great-great-grandson; one niece; two nephews; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Thomas Winfred James, of Claunch, N.M., and William Dean Bradley, of Alamogordo; and by one son, one brother, two sisters, two grandsons and one nephew.
Nettie's family moved from Denver to rural Texas and on to New Mexico where they homesteaded in Claunch in 1930. In 1937, she married Thomas W. James and they continued to homestead at Claunch. They eventually moved to Belen back to Claunch, then to Idaho and Oregon, returning once again to Claunch.
They finally gave up farming permanently when her husband joined the Fish and Wildlife Service. They moved on to Orogrande then Pinon, finally settling permanently in Corona, where they lived until her husband's death in 1970.
In 1972, Nettie married William D. Bradley - who worked for Union Pacific Railroad. They moved wherever his job required until they retired in Alamogordo. Dean died in 1998 and Nettie moved back to Corona where she lived with her daughters until 2009. She then moved with her second daughter to Alamogordo where she died after a prolonged illness.
Like most of the women of her generation, Nettie was the ultimate mother and wife. She and her family survived many years of hardship while making a living from the land. She was forced to withdraw from school in order to help an ailing father earn a living for their family. For this reason, she insisted on a good education for all her children and saw that they got one in spite of all the hardships. Her perseverance in the face of economic hardship, difficulties of rural living and raising children in primitive conditions will always be remembered with gratitude by her children and grandchildren. She was admired by both friends and family for her steadfast qualities and for her dedication to family.
Nettie loved flowers and green lawns and, if the house where she moved had no garden, she quickly established one. Her beautiful yards were the envy of the neighborhood. When she had to have knee surgery in her late 70s, she developed her own recovery routine which consisted mainly of pushing a lawn mower around a double-size lot at her home in Alamogordo. No sprig of grass ever dared grow a half-inch higher than any of the other blades of grass in Nettle's lawn.
Her greatest pleasure was for friends to come to visit. She had a knack for making the most humble house into a comfortable home, and she was always delighted to welcome friends and family there. Her apple cobblers, numbering in the hundreds, were famous with her guests.
Nettie loved to dance. During her last years, she entertained herself and the aides in the care facility by dancing in the halls whenever she heard music.
Nettie spent the last three years of her life at the Aristocrat, in Alamogordo, and she received tender, loving attention from the caretakers who worked there. She was always ready to join in with dishwashing, folding laundry or having tea at midnight with an aide. Their consideration for making her life as meaningful as possible will never be forgotten by her family.
At her requests there are no services planned.
The Bradley family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 22 to Mar. 21, 2014
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