Ann Tisdale Bradbury(May 20, 1922 - November 25, 2012)



Ann T. Bradbury, 90, died peacefully in Port Townsend on November 25, 2012, several days after suffering a stroke.

She was born in Philadelphia on May 20, 1922, to Alexander Vincent Tisdale and Marie Nofer Tisdale.

She and her two sisters, Fran and Laura, grew up at Cherry Lane Farm in rural Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Ann graduated from Pottstown High School, where she ranked 32nd in a class of 278 students.

She worked in Philadelphia at Wanamaker's Department Store and Bell Telephone until 1943, when she joined the U.S. Navy as a WAVE.

Until the end of the war, Ann worked on code-decrypting machines at the U.S. Naval Computing Machine Laboratory, a highly secret facility in Dayton, Ohio, that targeted the German Enigma codes.

Following the war, Ann spent three years at Ohio State University, concentrating on fine arts and English classes.

It was at OSU that Ann met fellow student William Francis ("Bill") Bradbury. Bill headed west in 1947 to continue his studies at San Jose State College, and Ann followed.

They were married at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church in San Francisco's Chinatown on June 19, 1948.

Their first child, Alex, was born in San Francisco, followed by a second son, Jack, and daughter, Patricia, as the family moved among Phoenix, Arizona, Santa Rosa, California, Fresno, California, and Seattle, Washington.

Ann became active in politics, joining the League of Women Voters, and she was especially drawn to environmental issues by Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring."

Always an avid reader, Ann began contributing regular book reviews to the Arizona Republic and later to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Meanwhile, she continued painting watercolors of the Arizona desert, California grape farms and Pacific Northwest beaches.

Ann returned to work for Bell Telephone in Seattle, retiring in 1984.

She and Bill moved to a cabin overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Whiskey Creek near Joyce. But Ann never gave up writing or painting.

She became the editor and columnist of the Joyce Bulletin, pounded out on a mechanical typewriter, and oversaw the Wild Blackberry Art Show in Joyce.

Even as Ann's macular degeneration progressed, she sketched and painted into her late 80s.

She and Bill traveled regularly to Europe, fished, cooked and enjoyed their jazz music and martinis prior to Bill's death in 1994.

Ann moved to Seaport Landing in Port Townsend in 2007 when rural cabin life became too difficult. Her love of people, music, family, art and life remained undiminished, however, even following a heart attack and the gradual loss of her vision.

She remained an avid jazz fan at The Upstage and the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and regularly attended plays at Key City Public Theatre and Port Townsend High School.

She is survived by her children, Alex of Port Townsend and Jack and Patricia of Seattle; her younger sister, Fran Dreisbach; and grandchildren Jacob, Merrill and Rachael Bradbury.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and sister Laura.

A funeral service will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1335 Blaine Street in Port Townsend, at noon Friday, December 7, preceded by a Rosary service at 11:35 a.m. A celebration of her life will follow the same day at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street in Port Townsend, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Flowers may be sent to the church. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the in Ann's name.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 2, 2012