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Nona Bradley Umberson

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Nona Bradley Umberson, the much-loved wife of the late Dee A. Umberson, passed away Wednesday, May 29, in Roswell at the age of 88.
Nona was born in Lindsey, Okla., May 2, 1925, the eighth of nine children born to Holmes Colbert Bradley and Vernah English Bradley. Nona was raised in Lindsey and graduated from Lindsey High School in 1943.
Her father was the grandson of a prominent Indian Territory pioneer, Holmes Colbert, who played a key role in the development of the Chickasaw Nation. Nona was really proud of her Chickasaw heritage and all of her descendants are enrolled members of the tribe.
Prior to her marriage, Nona worked at a bank in Oklahoma City. She met Dee Umberson during the spring of 1950 and they were married Nov. 26, 1950, in Plainview.
While living in Dimmitt, Texas, the couple had two daughters, Dee Ann and Dana. The family moved to Alamogordo in 1956, where the children were raised. Nona became the pastor's secretary at Grace Methodist Church, a position she loved for a total of 17 years.
Later in life, Nona and Dee moved to the Cottonwood Canyon area, in the hills several miles above La Luz. In retirement, Nona and Dee were satellite TV pioneers, installing many of the first satellite TV systems in the greater Tularosa Basin. Nona also took up tole painting and progressed to being an advanced instructor.
After many happy years in Alamogordo and La Luz, Nona and Dee moved to Roswell in 2000 to be closer to family. In Roswell, Nona taught Sunday school at First United Methodist Church and enjoyed warm friendships with members of her Bible study group.
Nona is survived by Dee Ann and her husband, Jim Kasik, of Albuquerque; and Dana and her husband, Rod Adair, of Roswell. Her grandchildren are Andrew and Shawn Kasik and Lauren and Ian Adair. Nona is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services for Nona will be held at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Interment will be at a later date at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Nona's family is especially appreciative of the warm care given by the special caregivers from Comfort Keepers.
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Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 1 to June 6, 2013
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