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Mildred Harris Bradley 1921 ~ 2009 Mildred Harris Bradley unexpectedly passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, after a long, full, and wonderful life.She was born March 8, 1921, in Logan, Utah, to Franklin Stewart Harris and Frankie Estelle Spilsbury Harris. The family moved to Provo, Utah, when her father became President of BYU. Raised in the President's home on the BYU campus, Mildred enjoyed the academic environment and graduated from BYU with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She met her sweetheart, Ralph O. Bradley, at BYU. They married in the Salt Lake Temple and raised a happy family of 14 children. They now have 86 grandchildren and 144 great-grandchildren. 54 of the grandchildren have served missions for the LDS Church to date. Mildred loved her activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many positions in the Relief Society and Young Women's organizations. She also served as a hostess at the Beehive House and at the Church Office Building. She loved her church service as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple and as the Temple Matron for the Washington D.C. Temple, while Ralph served as the Temple President. She also loved serving with her husband while he was Mission President of the Temple Square Mission and the North Carolina, Charlotte Mission. Mildred was a great example to her family and friends, and she was loved and well-respected by all. Mom was a woman of integrity who successfully raised 14 children in a loving and well organized home. The laundry was always done, and there was always a nutritious hot meal on the table. Mom even made most of her children's clothing. She is survived by her husband of 68 years and 13 of her children: S. Robert (Lonnie) Bradley, Susan (Leslie) Dorrough, Judy (Rick) Parry, Craig S. (Kathy) Bradley, Betsy (Dalton) Cannon, Richard H. Bradley, James R. (Shauna) Bradley, Maryjane (Brad) Melis, Peggy Waltman, John S. (Ann) Bradley, David H. (Cathy) Bradley, Barbara (Mike) Creer, and Lisa (Ned) Stephenson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Bradley Offret, her daughter-in-law, Marcia Bradley, her parents, and her five older siblings, Arlene Harris Grover, Franklin Stewart Harris, Jr., Chauncy Dennison Harris, Helen Harris Jenson, and Leah Harris Jensen. A viewing will be held Sunday, November 8, 2009, at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 9, at the Garden Heights Ward, 2220 East Fisher Lane (2935 South), at 12 noon, with a viewing from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund. Online condolences at

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2009.
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November 16, 2009
Dear Ralph and Family,

I was shocked to return to Salt Lake to find that I had missed Mildred's funeral. The choice experience of serving in a Relief Society Presidency with her many years ago in the 27th
East Ward has been one of my favorite experiences and fondest memories. I learned many important lessons from her.
My heartfelt wishes go out to you at this difficult time.
So many people have been touched and blesed by her life.

Love to all of you!

p.s. I am still jealous of her naturally curly hair!
JaNeanne Webster
November 14, 2009
Dear President Bradley,
Just recently a fellow missionary let me know that Sister Bradley had passed on.
The years have passed and yet I will never forget the memories of you and Sister Bradley in North Carolina. You both taught us valuable lessons and showed us true dedication to the Lord. You believed in us and taught us to believe in many things. I can still hear your voice saying, "I believe in you." Even after the mission field you continued to influence our lives. May your heart continue to find peace as many prayers are said in your behalf. I will forever be grateful for your example.
With love and respect, Claudia Gardner
Claudia Gardner
November 12, 2009
Dear President Bradley and family, I was so saddened to learn of the temporary loss of your Wife and Mother. What a great example of how we should all live our lives. As a terrified new Elder in the mission field Sister Bradley was such a comfort to me, and taught us all by example what it meant to live a Christ-like life. She will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you so much for sharing her with the missionaries of The N.C.C.M.
God Bless you all.
Love and respect,
Elder Todd A. Harris N.C.C.M. 1984-1986
Todd Harris
November 11, 2009
dear rick, judy, and family,

we are so sorry to hear about your lovely mother. it is inspiring to read about her and know how lovely she is. how wonderful to know her "future" as we celebrate what it must be like to be in her glorified condition with her family in heaven.

all our love. gill and ginny
November 11, 2009
Dear President Bradley,
As a missionary in your charge I learned many things from you - second only to your love for our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, I knew you loved your dear wife. Thank you for sharing your lives with me and all the missionaries in the NCCM. We all know in Whom she trusted and so we will trust in and love Him too.

Elder (Chad) Hancey
Chad Hancey
November 10, 2009
Dear President Bradley & Family, Lynn and I were young newlyweds when we moved onto "Q" Street and into the Emigration Stake. We loved Mildred, and learned so much from her as we watched her manipulate the tricky road of child-rearing......which we hadn't driven yet. You and your wife were always so good to us, and so willing to share your table, your thoughts and your precious time. We send our love and prayers to you and your memorable family.
Lynn & DeAnna DeBry
November 10, 2009
Dear President Bradley & Family, Lynn and I were young newlyweds when we moved onto "Q" Street and into the Emigration Stake. We loved Mildred, and learned so much from her as we watched her manipulate the tricky road of childrearing......which we hadn't driven yet. You and your wife were always so good to us, and so willing to share your table, your thoughts and your precious time. We send our love and prayers to you and your memorable family.
Lynn & DeAnna DeBry
November 10, 2009
Oh how I loved Sister Bradley and still love President Bradley. I have lost touch over the years as I am back in the Southwest. There are many Missionaries I would like to see and hear from again because that was such a blessed time in my life. The only way to remove the sorrow from death is to remove the joy from life and Sister Bradley knew how to provide us such joy.
Michael Burke
November 10, 2009
Dear President Bradley,
What a blessing and honor it was to serve in NCCM with you and Sister Bradley. She was a wonderful example and I will always remember the love both of you shared for your missionaries. My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Mindy Fox
November 10, 2009
So sorry to hear of Sister Bradley's passing. She was a great lady. I have fond memories of her and Pres. Bradley from the NCCM.
Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson
November 9, 2009
Dear President Bradley - My heart is heavy with the news of your lovely wife's passing. I have many fond memories of my interactions with you, your wife, and children. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Stephen Bjorndal
Sherwood, Oregon
Stephen Bjorndal
November 9, 2009
Dear President Bradley and family,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your dear wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother. I had the pleasure an honor of serving under President and Sister Bradley in NCCM. She was such a remarkable lady with a strong will and testimony of our Savior. I am grateful for all that she taught me about being a divine sister in Zion!
Thank you for sharing this dear woman with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Tami Allred Patterson
Tami Patterson
November 9, 2009
Dear President Bradley,
You and Sister Bradley were one of the best things about my mission on Temple Square. What an example of a living, loving marriage we young sister missionaries witnessed as we served side-by-side with you everyday. What role models of hard work, love, and dedication to church and family you are! I cherish you both. God bless you for the effect you have had on my life and consequently my family's lives. We will miss Sister Bradley. Take care, President.
I love you,
"Sister Kirkham" from Temple Square
Kristin Lyman
November 9, 2009
Dear Bradley Family:

My deepsest smypathy and love to you all at the passing of your dear wife, mother, grandmother and sister. While I never met Mrs. Bradley personally, I had the pleasure of meeting many of her children and working from time to time with three of them. I was always impressed by the love and closeness of the family. Your mom and dad raised wonderful children and they are wonderful examples of great parenting and love.
My love and best to all of you during this difficult time,

Paulette Marchant

(Richard, I'd love to hear from you).
November 9, 2009
Dear Bob and family, I just wanted to pass on my deepest sympathies. I so much enjoy listening to your stories of your youth and family. You speak so much love for your parents and it always inspires me to be a better person. I am in complete awe of Mrs. Bradley's accomplishments, what an amazing woman who is now an angel watching over those she loves.
Cindy Morrison
November 9, 2009
Dear Ralph & Family:

We just read this morning of Mildred's death and were shocked and saddened. We are so sorry we missed her viewing, but know that our love and prayers are with you all. We loved Mildred. She was such a great example to me and always gave me great council. I enjoyed all the times I served with her in church callings. She has always been one of my favorite people.

Glen and Virginia Stacey
Virginia Stacey
November 9, 2009
Aloha President Bradley,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. I loved her for what she did for me and the example she set for all of us. I hope you and your family our love and prayers. President you were the best example of what a husband should be to his wife and I have lived up to your example and have lived my life with as much love for my wife as much as you loved yours. I hope and pray for you and your family.
Aloha David & Laurie Stant (Honolulu Hawaii)
david stant
November 8, 2009
Lisa, Ned and Family

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
Cindy & Chante Salisbury
November 8, 2009
Dear President Bradley & family,
I was saddened when I heard of Sister Bradley's death. I remember all the fun times in your house on fourth avenue. I talk to Gayle Blackham Harness frequently and she would always tell me how the two of you were doing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and now you have a angel to watch over you. My love goes out to Susan (I saw her once and twice while I lived in Portland), Judy and Craig.
Love, Pam Cram Lee
Pam Lee
November 8, 2009
The 1st time I watched Mildred in the kitchen operating her assembly line sandwich making I was in awe. She had at least a loaf of bread spread out on the counter and talked and laughed with Jim and me as she spread the peanut butter on each slice of bread. Churchill was at her feet. It is a fond memory that I will never forget. What a wonderful example to us all.
Bush Taggart
November 8, 2009
Dear Bradley family,
So sorry to hear of Mrs Bradley's death. I remember your family from the east 27th ward. Kathy and i were friends and neighbors in our Alaskan Ward so many years ago. How fun it was to see someone from home and my childhoold days. Our love and sympthay to your family. You and in our thoughts. Sharon England Pulley
Sharon Pulley
November 8, 2009
To Ralph and Bradley Family, I am glad I was able to visit with Ralph and Mildred and leave a short history of 27th east Ward with them. Mildred will be greatly missed by many people beside your family. May the Lord bless all of you in the loss of this great lady. Kathryn MacKay Jones
Kathryn MacKay Jones
November 8, 2009
On behalf of the hundreds of kids that poured through the front door on 2nd Avenue, we remember & appreciate Sister Bradley. It is a very special Mom who serves hot bread & honey after school plus has the patience to tolerate mail order spider monkeys and harpoon gun firings in her home.
With all of our fond memories and the kids grown up, it was always sweet to see the Bradleys in the temple. What a legacy, she & Ralph have left.
Rob Norton
November 8, 2009
To Craig, Kathy and familly, I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of Craig's mother and the children's grandmother. I am sure the memories of her great life with comfort you at this time of your los and in the future. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Don Ward
Don Ward
November 8, 2009
I recall with great happiness the many times I was in the Bradley home and felt of Mildred's sweet spirit. What a wonderful example of Motherhood she was. She and her husband were like second parents to me. Even though they had enough children to care for, they always welcomed me into the homes and lives. I send my love and sympathy to all the family, especially to Ralph.

Ted Thain Austin, TX
November 7, 2009
Dear Bradley family...
It has been SO many years since I have spoken to anyone other than Craig, as he was/is a frequent flyer on Delta..I was just thinking about Craig and wondering if "his parents" were still alive since both mine are gone. I have so many fond memories of the Bradley family in my "wonder bread" years...growing up in the 27th ward. I think I actually remember all the kids, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mr. Bradley and your family. You have not lost a wife, but gained an angel to watch over you. Sincerely, Susan (cram) swenson.
susan Cram/swenson
November 7, 2009
Mildred was so lovely, kind, and inspiring. I am so sorry I will not be there with all the Bradleys to celebrate her life. My mother, Anne, also sends her sympathies to each and every one of you. With deepest sympathy and love, Ina J. Offret
Ina Offret
November 7, 2009
President Bradley and family,
Thank you so much for the time we had to share in your life as you served with us at Temple Square. We loved Sister Bradley and her tireless service to us little sisters. I am sad to hear of her passing and hope the comfort of the Holy Spirit will help you during this time of loss.
Love, Sister Pam Arnold (a.k.a. Sister Jordan)
Pam Arnold
November 7, 2009
Dear President Bradley,
As I try to think of anything I might say to comfort you at this time words fail me completely. I'll never forget your last day in the temple, as we all fought off our tears, you went into your office for one last prayer. Someone approached and seeing Sis Bradley asked where you were and she replied, "in his office praying one last time." Then with a tender, knowing, loving smile she said "He is the prayingest man!". Her eyes twinkled. I wish I had ever experienced the kind of love you two share. God Bless and Keep you ALWAYS! Karen Phelps nee Mobley from the family file office
Karen Clark Phelps
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