BRADLEY HELEN E. BRADLEY "Betty" On July 25, 2014 Betty died peacefully at Arden Courts of Annandale where she had lived for almost nine years. Betty was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 31, 1915, the second of four children. She worked for the Detroit Symphony before meeting and marrying Tim Bradley in 1940. Betty supported Tim's career while raising seven children through several moves around the country, finally settling in McLean, Virginia in 1969. From childhood Betty expressed a deep devotion to her Catholic faith, attending daily mass and serving her parish with vigor. She was a sacristan, eucharistic minister, money counter, secretary for the Office of the Propagation of the Faith, and a coordinator for the Dominican Retreat House. The parish priests were often found in Betty's kitchen enjoying her meals and, above all, the laughter and wisdom which were her particular gifts. As a lifelong volunteer Betty's work involved countless charities including organizing blood donations, food drives for the poor and delivery driver for Meals on Wheels. She was instrumental in the founding of Independent Living for the Handicapped where her oldest daughter became a resident of one of Washington D.C.'s first accessible homes. Betty's home was the center of life for family and friends with Betty the enthusiastic provider of meals, lively discussions and celebrations. She could trounce you in three sets of tennis well into her 80's. She filled many a room and heart with her talents at the piano, a gift which Alzheimer's did not diminish. Betty is survived by her children Michael and his wife Hilary, Joseph and wife Carolyn, Jerry and wife Lea, Christopher and Kelly and grandchildren Katherine, Conor, Matthew, Emma, Justin and Alexa. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years Tim (Francis X.), daughter Mary Patricia and son Richard. The family expresses their deep appreciation to the staff and residents of Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living in Annandale for the loving care and support extended by them to Betty A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. A visitation at 10 a.m. in the chapel will precede mass and a reception will follow mass in Flaherty Hall adjoining the church. Interment at Fairfax Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers (which mom could never grow anyways) and in keeping with Betty's spirit of giving, memorial donations should be made to the
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Published in The Washington Post on July 31, 2014