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Bonnie Nell Bradshaw


1927 - 2013
Bonnie Nell Bradshaw Obituary
On Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, Bonnie Nell Bradshaw passed peacefully from this world and went on to heavenly rest in the company of family and dear friends at her home in Austin. Service: 10 a.m. Friday in Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel, 7301 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 76112. Burial: to immediately follow. Memorials: Donations may be made in her name, in lieu of flowers, to the Children's Home of Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas, at http://www.childshome.org/. Nell (as she was known) blessed us with her life for 86 wonderful years, despite entering this world with a heart murmur that initially raised questions about her longevity. Her loving outlook and resilience throughout the challenges of life were an inspiration. While many of us seem to be more cantankerous with age, Nell only grew more sweet, loving and thoughtful of others, even to her last days. Born Nov. 22, 1927, in Dallas, she lost her father Benjamin Harrison Keney at just 1 year of age. She and her three sisters were raised alone by their mother, Dovie, until adulthood. Nell graduated from Polytechnic High School and later attended Abilene Christian College in the period following World War II. There she met and married her husband, Robert Dale Bradshaw, to whom she was joined for 59 years. Their life together took them back to Fort Worth, later to Sacramento, Calif., and then again to Texas, living successively in Lubbock, Granbury and finally Austin. Nell was always a stylish dresser, an artful interior decorator, a talented seamstress, skilled secretary and a particularly excellent cook, specializing in homemade biscuits, fried chicken and Texas-style pinto beans. She and her husband Robert kept lifelong friends they had met in college despite time and distance. They both enjoyed traveling by camper trailer, venturing over most of the western United States including Alaska. Nell had a lovely alto voice and sang in the A Cappella chorus in college and also enjoyed singing in four part harmony at church. Belief in God and fellowship with believers was always an important part of her life, and she served by teaching Sunday school, participating in benevolence and providing flowers for church services. As a mother, Nell felt blessed to raise and inspire three children to enter helping professions, including nursing, medicine and teaching. She was predeceased by her father and mother; stepfather, Charlie Lambert; husband, Robert; and two other sisters, Mae Roberts and Jean Boldt. Survivors: Karen Annelle Adams, Robert Dana Bradshaw, and Rebecca "Becky" Diane Blakey as well as their spouses, Russ Adams, Sharlene Bradshaw, and Ed Blakey. She also greatly loved her five grandchildren, Bryan Vaughn (and wife Hilary) Ben Blakey (and wife Holly), Brad Blakey, Daniel Blakey, and Kali Bradshaw; three stepgrandchildren, Deana Hess, Niki Yoshida and Eric Dobratz; and nine great grandchildren (with another on the way). Nell is also survived by a sister, Mary Bachman; and two sisters-in-law, Anne Seaman and Kay Bowman. We love you and miss you, Mom and Nanny! "Those who walk uprightly enter into peace: they find rest as they lie in death." Isaiah 57:2.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 13, 2013
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