Patricia Mae Blaine BRADLEY

Age 91, born Sept. 3, 1921, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, passed peacefully in her sleep, September 25, 2012 just as the new day began. A resident of California since the 1940s she was married to John Oliver Bradley of Syracuse, New York for 60 years. She is survived by her children, John Michael and wife, Adrianne, Margaret Susan and partner Andy, Elizabeth Kay and husband Chuck, Bonita Louise and husband David, and Mary Patricia, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren as of this day. Returning to higher education while raising her family, Patricia earned her BA degree in Philosophy. Patricia enjoyed a lifetime of seeking and finding spiritual enlightenment for herself and those around her. A published author, practitioner and speaker for Creative Healing, she sought throughout her life to help others by sharing her understanding and joy of life. She and her husband, John, joined the Peace Corps in 1972, learning Portuguese and working in Brazil to improve women's health. Following the Peace Corp they settled in Hemet, California where, together, they founded Living Light Ranch, encouraging spiritual growth in that community. It was there where she was introduced to Creative Healing, which became her passion for her remaining years. Moving to Santa Rosa, she compiled and edited, "The Stephenson Method of Natural Health Care: Creative Healing", published in 2002. While in Bangalore, India she presented this Creative Healing work to the First International Conference on Holistic Health and Medicine. Patricia traveled to India many times seeking guidance and understanding through the teaching of Sai Baba, which she shared in her Santa Rosa Community. Her eldest daughter, Rita, closely cared for her in the last years, creating peaceful and loving environments that allowed her to continue to share her joy of spirit and contributing to a better life for all around. Loved by family, neighbors and friends near and far, she leaves in place many strong, spiritual and creative individuals that continue to forward the enlightened culture she envisioned. Her family believes the best memorial to Patricia would be that each person she has touched, knowingly extend a simple, perhaps unexpected, act of kindness to someone in need.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2012