Russon Brothers-Salt Lake
255 S. 200 E.
Salt Lake City, UT
Elma S. Bradshaw 1/22/1922 ~ 7/6/2011 As I look back on my life, I am amazed that I've been able to do so many things I never thought possible, considering my humble beginnings.I was born January 22, 1922, the fourth child and only daughter of Thomas Dellano and Fannie Belle (Mower) Singleton. I feel greatly blessed to have had honest, hard-working, loving parents who encouraged and helped me develop artistic and musical talents. They also gave me three special older brothers to love and enjoy: Kenneth Dellano, Lavelle, and Wayne. My parents and brothers have all preceded me in death, but since I have absolute faith in the immortality of the human soul, I look forward to a joyous reunion with them as I die. I was educated in American Fork schools, attended LDS Seminary. After high school and seminary graduation, I worked as a dental assistant in my home town, while continuing a study of art through correspondence courses. In 1942, because of World War II and my patriotic feelings, I took a job at the Remington Arms Plant as a 35-mm-weapons inspector and moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to work. In 1943 I luckily obtained work as an advertising artist at Auerbach's Department Store - a type of job I had wanted and sought for because of my love for drawing. On May 4, 1944 I married a wonderful man, Mark John Bradshaw, in the Salt Lake Temple. Having just completed his LDS Mission in the Central States, he was drafted two months later into the U.S. Army and sent to Fort Riley, Kansas. He was made a Staff Sergeant in the Mechanized Cavalry. I was able to get work as an artist in a department store in the nearby town of Junction City while he received his basic army training. I have cherished memories of many special friends we made during those "army days" and with those we met in the small LDS Church Branch we attended there. When Mark shipped overseas to Italy in December 1944, I returned to Salt Lake City and secured a position as Layout Artist in the Advertising Dept. of ZCMI where I worked for three years. After the war and Mark's return home, we were blessed during the next 11 years with five delightful children: Judi (married John W. Morrell), Bonnie (formerly married to Glenn H. Robinson), Jonathan Dell (married An Redd), Jeffrey Mark (married Kathleen Marie Peterson), and Scott Bernard (married Linn Pinnock). Our life was busy, joyful, and challenging during those years, and our children have made us proud as we watched them complete their education and go on to make significant achievements in their chosen professions. Throughout that time, I continued doing freelance artwork for local department stores, dress shops, and fashion magazines. My husband and I served in many LDS ward and stake callings. I've been a Primary teacher and organist, Young Women Leader, Sunday School and Relief Society teacher, name extraction missionary, as well as serving in ward and stake Relief Society presidencies. The highlight of my church service was, however, the three foreign missions (Nigeria - 1980-81; Singapore, Malaysia, and India - 1984-86; Nigeria and Ghana - 1988-89) that I served for the church with my dear husband and companion Mark. In 1956 I became interested in another pursuit - genealogy - the search for my ancestral roots. Since that time, even until the present, family history work has been a driving force in my life and I have loved the research and temple service that accompanies this work. In addition, I served two years a volunteer in the Family History Library and five and a half years as a part-time missionary in the Ancestral File of the Family History Department of the Church, assisting with research on medieval family lines. Through this endeavor to find ancestral kin, I've come to know my family who preceded me on earth, and I eagerly anticipate meeting them face to face as I leave this earthly existence. Although I never really aspired to or worked toward an academic degree, I feel I am fairly well-educated, because of my life-long service in church callings, a constant study on many and varied subjects of interest, as well as travels to many different countries as a missionary and as a tourist. I am glad to have lived most of my life in the 20th century and to have had a taste of life in the 21st century, too. This is a wonderful time to live - and to die! My beloved husband and companion died on November 9, 1992, three years after the completion of our third church mission. I miss him greatly, but have had happy memories and a good family to comfort and sustain me in my "alone" years. Perhaps it can be said of us that our greatest contribution to this world is a family of two daughters, and three sons who are loving, honest, talented, productive, and highly respected in their fields of endeavor. They have taught their parents much about loving one another and family loyalty and togetherness. The hardest part of my passing is, of course, the separation from our children, 23 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. But, be assured, I will be looking forward to a future time and place when we shall meet and embrace one another as we did during our life here. After having lived a life full of love and faith, Elma passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 6, 2011. The family is grateful for the patient and loving care our mother received during her final year from the staff at Barton Creek and Emeritus, and for the support and kind expressions of friends and family members. Funeral Services will be held on July 15th at 11:00 a.m. in the Emigration Twenty First Ward, 680 2nd Ave., Salt Lake City. Friends may call on Thursday, July 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Salt Lake Mortuary, 255 South 200 East, and prior to services at the Ward from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online guestbook available at www.russonmortuary.com

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Dear Bradshaws-
My mind filled with many memories when I came across your mothers obituary. What an amazing woman she was and is. All your family were such good examples to the members of the Ensign 4th Ward. I remember as a very your girl, loving to walk up to 12th avenue to play with my "little pal" Jeffrey. I remember always feeling a calmness and peace there. Elma and Mark were always so very kind. My Dad, Hal Ludlow passed away Oct 20, 2010 and Mom is very close to leaving us as well. So I know what a tender time this must be for all of you, especially when your Dad has already passed away. Please accept my sympathy, respect and love for each of you and your sweet Mom and Dad.
Terrie Ludlow Cunningham
July 29, 2011
Judi and Bonnie,
I am sadden at the lost of such a great women. She was a pleasure to get to know and help when ever she needed any banking accomplished. She leaves a great legacy to follow. My prayer and thought are with at this time.
Kim Cox
July 15, 2011
Bonnie,I am sorry for the loss of your mother. It is never an easy thing but it sounds as though she lived a full life. Hope you are well. I still think fondly of those years of friendship.
Joan Thackeray Moellmer
July 14, 2011
Dear Bradshaw Family,
Please accept my deepest sorrows and condolences. For at John 6:40, God’s words gives us hope. “For this is what the will of my Father is, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercise faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.” We can take comfort in knowing that what God promise’s he will make come true. May you continue to look deep into God’s word for he gives comfort to all those seeking him.
Yvonne McCoy, New Jersey
July 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to your entire family at the passing of this sweet woman.
Daryl and Chelle Ethington (League City, TX)
Chelle Ethington
July 11, 2011
Hello Bradshaw Family and Elma,
You don't know me and I don't know you. I read Elma's autobiographical obituary and I think Elma sounds like an amazing woman and she must have an amazing family. I extend my sympathy for your loss. May you feel joy and celebration in the wonderful life she lived and the loving legacy she created.
Sending blessings and light,
Kara Reese
July 11, 2011
Hi Judi-

I'm sorry to read of the passing of your mother. I hope you remember who I am and that we went through school together from Ensign Elementary, Bryant Jr. High School and East High School. I had really long hair. I remember when in elementary school going to your house on the avenues and you showing me your mother's fashion drawings. You were always drawings too. I re-aquainted with your mother on a Relief Society Social that my youngest daughter invited me to when she was in the Emigration Twenty First Ward on 2nd Avenue after she was married. Your Mom sat at our table and I recognized her and we got to talking about you.

Again I am sorry for your loss. I just lost my mother in April of this year. They were the same age. My prayers and love go out to you and your family. Take care - DeeAnn Cutler Williams
July 11, 2011
We loved Aunt Elma. She was one of a kind. Never a detail went unnoticed. Special lunches at her house, visits and conversations never to be forgotten, exactness and honor, flowers sent to a daughter just because she had never seen a "heather" plant, baptisms for the dead and sealings. A giant among women and certainly a grand lady. Bless her family for caring for her in a dignified way and matched her. Til we meet again. .
Barbara Davies
July 11, 2011
Elma, you lived a long and full life time here, but will be dearly missed. To the Bradshaw Family, my heart and prayers go out to you for the loss of such a caring person within the family. She was a one of a kind!
Cris Draper
July 11, 2011
Elma was always very friendly, and a joy to work with in Ancestral File. She never forgot me, and when we would see each other at the Family History Library, she always spent a few minutes talking. I'll miss her.
Jackie Robinson
July 11, 2011
To the family of Elma Bradshaw,
We express our love and sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a faithful member of our Branch and we will dearly miss her.
Love, Barton Creek LDS Branch and Relief Society Presidencies.
July 10, 2011
Bradshaw family, What can I say....Elma was my touch stone as I am sure she was for many family members & friends. I learned much from Elma - the gospel and what constitutes a good friendship. We're all blessed by her life. I will close my remarks the same way she would close her correspondence, Love ya
Linda Turkovich
July 10, 2011
Bradshaw family,
My love and heartfelf sympathy goes out to you. I have wonderful memories of time spent in the Bradshaw home, kneeling with you for family prayers, enjoying homecooked dinners, and even going on trips with the family. I thank you all for your dear friendship and appreciate the part you've played in my life. Your mother was an amazing woman, talented and a good influence on many including me. May God's love and comfort be with you.
Nancy Woodbury
July 10, 2011
I am so very sorry for your loss! I loved Aunt Elma, she was a very spunky little lady and I will always have fond memories of doing endowment and sealing sessions with her at the Salt Lake Temple. I am looking forward to seeing all of you again after so many years! Know that my love and prayers are always with you and yours!
Debie Andersen
July 10, 2011
So sorry for the loss of Aunt Elma. Have so many fond memories or her, Uncle Mark and all my cousins. Know she is in a much better place and finally back with other family members. Love to all of you Roberta
Roberta Draper
July 10, 2011
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