Phyllis Ann Cameron Bradford was born on December 28, 1929 to Alistair Cameron and Mary Oxendale Cameron in Ida Grove, Iowa. She was a 1947 graduate of Ida Grove HS and then graduated from Iowa State Teachers College. Beginning in 1949, she taught kindergarten in Denison, Iowa. During her teaching career she also taught in Ames , Iowa and San Diego CA. In the mid 1950s, Phyllis worked as a Director for the YWCA and in 1957, under the leadership / tutelage of Civil Rights legend Dorothy Height, she helped run the YWCAs national conference in St. Louis. She graduated with a degree in Education from Winona State College, Minnesota in 1962. She married John Norman Bradford in San Diego, CA on April 6, 1963. During their 50 plus year marriage, they lived in San Diego, CA, Ames Iowa, Missoula Montana, and Manhattan Kansas, before settling in Lexington, Massachusetts from 1969 to 1996, where they reared their two children and Phyllis substituted in the public schools for a number of years later working at Cary Memorial Library. After her husbands retirement they moved to St. James, NC in 1996. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, daughters Janet Bradford of McLean Virginia and Margaret Bradford Pace of Wethersfield, CT, two sons in-law: Christopher Hudson and Paul Pace and four grandsons: Cameron and John Hudson and Andrew and Connor Pace, Johns brothers Lynn Bradford and his wife Suzanne and William Bradford and his wife Kathleen. Her brother, William John Cameron and sister-in-law Joan Miller Cameron predeceased her. The family is grateful to her loving friends and family for the many visits, cards and support and the compassionate care from Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The
. The family had a visitation from 2 to 4 PM on Thursday March 13, 2014 at Peacock Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service Southport . Interment was at the Ida Grove Cemetery, Iowa at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.peacocknewnamwhite.com. Peacock Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, 1411 North Howe Street, Souhtport, NC 28461.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Mar. 12 to Mar. 19, 2014