Verna Bradford 1913 - 2012 Verna Bradford went to be with the Lord at her Bakersfield home on January 31, 2012, at age 98. Verna leaves behind a rich legacy to her family and friends of love and faith. Verna was born in Bakersfield, California, on December 9, 1913. Her parents, George and Elise Robinson; brother, Bernie; and sister, Clara, preceded her in death. She graduated from Oakland High School in Oakland, California. Verna worked for an insurance firm located in the Bakersfield Haberfelde Building during the 1930s and for the Los Angeles Times through the '50s and '60s. Verna married Everett Claude Bradford in 1938 and enjoyed a rich and fulfilling union of 52 years. Verna and Everett were charter members of Calvary Baptist Church in Bakersfield, where they faithfully served in many ministries. They traveled extensively, and after Everett's death in 1991, her travels continued with her grandchildren and friends. Verna's consuming interests and activities revolved around her family and church. Left to cherish her memory are her sons and daughters-in-law, Claude and Sharon Bradford and Curtis and Sherry Bradford; daughter, Elise Mathias; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and her dear friend of over 60 years, Evelyn May. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a celebration of her life and faith at Heritage Bible Church, 2323 Mount Vernon Ave. at 11:00 a.m. For condolences, please go to www.greenlawnmortuaryand cemetery.com. We would like to thank the many people that helped in her caregiving: Optimal Hospice, Dr. Alan Cartmell, Dr. Sanjiv Sharma, and Matt and Suzanne Martin. Verna loved the many visits and expressions of love from family, friends, and members of Heritage Bible Church. Through Verna's deep and enduring faith in Jesus Christ, she showed us how to live a rich and virtuous life. Her faith, hope, and endurance were exemplified in the verses from Romans 8:24-25: In hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.... but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. Greenlawn Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 9, 2012