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Sheila Kay Bradford
  • December 19, 1947
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  • September 27, 2021

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On September 27, 2021, at the age of 73, Sheila Kay Bradford, formerly of Utica, New York, fell asleep in death peacefully at her residence in Ocala, Florida surrounded by her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and cherished friend to many.

Sheila was born in Utica, New York on December 19, 1947. She was the daughter of Alonzo Rush and Mildred Olivia Rush(Rucker). She grew up and was raised in Utica NY where she attended business school and earned her Associates’ degree. She lived in Utica and Syracuse NY while raising her five children creating many family memories and loving close friendships. She moved to Ocala Florida in 1991.

She was a retired educator who worked in the school system both in New York and Ocala Florida for over 40 years. Sheila was a dedicated, passionate reading specialist and mentor to many of her young students and provided them not only with the fundamentals of reading but also instilled in them a love of learning and life skills.

After she studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses from a young age, Sheila made a dedication to Jehovah and was baptized July 28, 1974 in upstate New York. This began her 47 years walking of faith with her God, Jehovah. Sheila joyfully served in several congregations- Onondaga, Central-Syracuse, Riverside-Utica, and Ocala Central-Florida. She made many close and personal friendships through her faith creating great bonds and a large spiritual family. She was a loyal and cherished friend to many. She served as a full-time regular pioneer (evangelizer) dedicating over 70 plus hours per month to teaching bible truths to others since 1999. She enjoyed aiding many in the community to gain a thorough knowledge of the Bible. She also had the privilege of attending Pioneer School several times, the last one being just a few weeks ago where she shared in upbuilding other’s faith with her experiences and deep love of Bible truths.

Sheila’s faith and her love for people were evident to all and she was always a gracious and enthusiastic hostess. She loved entertaining and welcoming visitors to her home with a gracious smile. Many of her family and congregation members were recipients not only of her kindness and love but also her generous gifts in the form of meals and wonderful crafts. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Sheila Kay Bradford was preceded in death by her parents: Alonzo Rush, Mildred Rush, and sister Joyce.

She is survived by her two sisters: Mae Frances Cox and Thelma Porter

She leaves behind five children; her daughter Joyce Michelle Matthews and her husband William (Bill) Matthews; her son Christopher William Bradford and wife Melinda Bradford; Theresa Bradford, Brian Bradford; Patrick Bradford.

Grandchildren; Niara Matthews, Cameron Matthews, Christopher William Bradford II, Stefan Armani Bradford, Alyssa & Alan Serrano, Brandon & Amanda Roberts, Jaelyn Clark, Marquis Bradford, Brian Keith Bradford Jr, Alexis Star Bradford, Izell Giovanni Bradford, Amari Grace Rain Bradford, Devanae Bradford, Kiarra Bradford

Great-grandchild
Jahmari Bradford
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, and close colleagues.

Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses, and staff who shared in her healthcare.

Sheila Bradford’s strong conviction was in the resurrection hope, and she would encourage all to visit www.JW.org.

To all of her beloved family and friends she would urge all to “Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12.

Memorial Service for Sheila Bradford
Time: Oct 3, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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  1. Cindy Howard says:
    06 Oct 2021
    My sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Sheila was such an amazing and loving person . I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting her.

    I will continue to keep your family in prayer.

  2. Romona L Stubbs says:
    03 Oct 2021
    My love and condolences to the family. We are all going to miss Sis Bradford soooo much!!! She truly was one of the most loving people I have ever met. She treated my family like we belonged to her. I pray that Jehovah will comfort you all in the days to come and that we will all see her again in Paradise!

  3. P3ws says:
    03 Oct 2021
    With all my love and prayers

  4. Alicia Ramos says:
    03 Oct 2021
    Our deepest condolences are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you all❤️

  5. Bobbie higgs says:
    03 Oct 2021
    Bobbie higgs

  6. Quincy Beckham says:
    03 Oct 2021
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to my cousins. We love you.
    Timothy Munnerlyn
    Joel Beckham
    Quincy Beckham
    Michael Rush
    David Foster

  7. Carol Hailend says:
    03 Oct 2021
    You were so encouraging up to the very end.... Thank you for allowing me to share in the hardest part of your life.... I will miss you my dear friend... Looking forward to that walk!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Love you,
    Carol and Bob

  8. Jacqueline Williams-Betts says:
    03 Oct 2021
    My Sincere condolences to my Cousin in law Joyce, and her entire family. ❤️ The first time I met Mrs Bradford and the entire Bradford family was at Joyce & Bill’s wedding! I greeted everyone with a hug because that’s just me. However even though I didn’t know the Bradford family, Joyce was now a part of my family and now we are all family!! I only had 2 occasions to spend time with Mrs Bradford. At Joyce & Bill’s wedding & their 20th anniversary celebration!! I said that to say she had a beautiful soul! When someone you’ve only spent time with 2 times and you feel like you’ve known them all your life, that is a remarkable lady! To all Mrs Bradford loved one’s I will keep you in my prayers! Peace be with you❤️

  9. Jeanette Rush says:
    03 Oct 2021
    You will be missed dearly I'll miss that beautiful smile every time fred and I visited. you took a new picture of us i believe you are with your cousin fred now love you both sleep my.

  10. Felicia perry says:
    03 Oct 2021
    I just want say to my god sisters and god brother’s I love you all. To my godmother I am going to miss you so much and thank you so much for coming into my life as one of my teacher and as my godmother..so mommy love you from your goddaughter Felicia Perry

  11. Caroline Y Palmer says:
    02 Oct 2021
    Dennis, Carol, Vertise and Deanna want to send much love to Michele, Chris, Teresa, Brian and Patrick. Your mom was a special person whom all loved. She loved Jehovah and soon under Jehovah's arrangement we will see her again.

  12. Caroline Y Palmer says:
    02 Oct 2021
    We are all saddened by the loss of our dear sister Sheila. Sheila and her family are very near and dear to our hearts. Sheila was always a positive inspirational person. She loved Jehovah and was always encouraging to all of us. Sheila believed in the truth and the promises Jehovah made to his people. We loved her so much. I remember always going to her on Jefferson Street and hanging out with her and her family. Dennis and I want you to know Michele, Chris, Teresa, Brian and Patrick and their family that you are in our hearts and prayers. Love always Dennis, Carol, Jacob and Cassandra.
    Vertices, my mom is thinking of you all as well.
    Deanna sends her love also.

  13. Iris Edmondson says:
    02 Oct 2021
    My sincerest sympathy to the entire family. There will be so much to miss until Jehovah brings her back..I always appreciated her her warm loving smile that reflected her love of God and others. May the prayers of others help to sustain you during your this difficult time.

  14. Toni L Goodwin says:
    02 Oct 2021
    Our deepest condolences Theresa and Marquis for your loss of your Mother and matriarch.
    Our prayers go out to you and the family for comfort and support. Rest in Peace Ms Bradford ♥️
    With Love Toni Lewis and family

  15. Kathy Hunter , Krystina Skwira and Olga Snelgrove posted an image:
    02 Oct 2021
    Prov. 18:24b  <br />
"but there is a friend (Shelia) who sticks closer than a brother". We will remember  Shelia  for her love and  acts of loving kindness. Because of Shelia's kindness to our friend Krystina we also had the priviledge and  benefit  of knowing Shelia too.  Our hearts are saddened that we won't see her beautiful smile or feel her warm hugs for a while. But we know she is safe in Jehovah's memory and when she stands up again we hope to be there to welcome her back. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to Chris and Miranda and all of  their  family, Kassandra and her family. Shelia is deeply missed by your friends in Canada xo
    Prov. 18:24b
    "but there is a friend (Shelia) who sticks closer than a brother". We will remember Shelia for her love and acts of loving kindness. Because of Shelia's kindness to our friend Krystina we also had the priviledge and benefit of knowing Shelia too. Our hearts are saddened that we won't see her beautiful smile or feel her warm hugs for a while. But we know she is safe in Jehovah's memory and when she stands up again we hope to be there to welcome her back. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to Chris and Miranda and all of their family, Kassandra and her family. Shelia is deeply missed by your friends in Canada xo

  16. Vernon & Paulette Street says:
    01 Oct 2021
    Vernon and Paulette Street want to express our condolences to the family.
    Sheila was a wonderful loving sister; who would give encouragement and talk about Jehovah to whoever she met,
    Sheila and I had so much fun pioneering together. I thank Jehovah for our friendship,
    Vernon and I are looking forward to seeing her again.

  17. Kathy, Krystina and Olga posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    Prov. 18:24b  <br />
"but there is a friend (Shelia) who stuck closer than a brother"  when she recognized her sister was in pain and acted with loving kindness. Because of Shelia's kindness others had the priviledge of benefiting from knowing Shelia too.  Our hearts are saddened that we won't see her beautiful smile or feel her warm hugs for a while. But we know she is safe in Jehovahs memory and when she stands up again we hope to be there to welcome her back. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to Chris and his family, Kassandra and her family. Shelia will be deeply missed by your canadian family xo
    Prov. 18:24b
    "but there is a friend (Shelia) who stuck closer than a brother" when she recognized her sister was in pain and acted with loving kindness. Because of Shelia's kindness others had the priviledge of benefiting from knowing Shelia too. Our hearts are saddened that we won't see her beautiful smile or feel her warm hugs for a while. But we know she is safe in Jehovahs memory and when she stands up again we hope to be there to welcome her back. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to Chris and his family, Kassandra and her family. Shelia will be deeply missed by your canadian family xo

  18. Victoria Scranton posted an image:
    01 Oct 2021
    I enjoyed so many meals listening to Sheila tell me stories about her life in New York, mostly about the ministry. She cooked the best mustard fried chicken among so many other things. I can't wait to welcome you back, my spiritual friend and mother.
    I enjoyed so many meals listening to Sheila tell me stories about her life in New York, mostly about the ministry. She cooked the best mustard fried chicken among so many other things. I can't wait to welcome you back, my spiritual friend and mother.

  19. Theress says:
    01 Oct 2021
    Sending much love to your family God will get us through this the road won't be easy but he will release the pain your mom Shelia always a beautiful person inside and out. Theresa Bradford Wagner Richetts

  20. Michael brigano says:
    30 Sep 2021
    I've knew Sheila in Utica NY as she was a huge part of many students lives in the Utica school district.
    I worked hand in hand with her . She truly was a blessing to me the students and my family. To many memories to speak of. However the cutest thing she would do is bring me her famous mustard chicken in the morning for breakfast freshly made.i still have her hand written recipe.
    My deepest condolences and Love to all
    Bless you Sheila and thank you for blessing me for being in my life
    Always Mr B
    Michael and Debra Brigano and family Daniel J Gahans son inlaw!!!!!

  21. Belinda Grossi says:
    30 Sep 2021
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Sheila's children and family. How we look forward to the day when Jehovah will open Sheila's eyes again, "hear His voice and come out" (John 5:28-29). When He "will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more" (Revelation 21: 3-4). Keep that hope bright in your hearts! My love and prayers go out to all of you! Love, Belinda Grossi (Molina) Utica, NY.”

  22. Marcus McCann says:
    30 Sep 2021
    What a great life you lived. Your work here is complete. The battle was tough but you did what you could Rest now Ms.Bradford forever in our hearts. ❤️

  23. Latonya Collins says:
    30 Sep 2021
    My beautiful cousin I will miss you dearly! I love you forever!

    Love,
    Your lil cousin LaTonya

  24. Carol Hailend posted an image:
    30 Sep 2021
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    Circuit Assembly
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  25. Lula walker says:
    29 Sep 2021
    I would like to express my sincere condolences to Michelle Matthews & family, as well as the entire Bradford family at the loss of your dear mother in death. May the support of friends and family and the wonderful bible hope of the resurrection help to bring you a measure of comfort, until you see her once again! (John 5:28&29). I can’t wait to see that beautiful smile again!
    Sincerely,
    Sis Lula Walker
    Charlotte NC

  26. Alicia glinton boyd says:
    29 Sep 2021
    My dear friend I am so going to miss you. You were my big sister and I could always depend on you to show Christian love for my mother. I'm thankful for everything you ever did for my mother in her last years. Love you ❤️

  27. Joy Plank posted an image:
    29 Sep 2021
    My special friend with a beautiful smile and heart. She is missed but soon we will see her smiling , healthy saying I see you kept it moving and went to plan B!!  What a friend
    My special friend with a beautiful smile and heart. She is missed but soon we will see her smiling , healthy saying I see you kept it moving and went to plan B!! What a friend

  28. Mary Matthews says:
    29 Sep 2021
    No more pain and suffering rest in peace

  29. Joy plank posted an image:
    29 Sep 2021
    That smile! You were my encouragement keep it moving go to plan B.  Looking forward to seeing my friend soon in the new world to come. Loved my Miss Sheila .
    That smile! You were my encouragement keep it moving go to plan B. Looking forward to seeing my friend soon in the new world to come. Loved my Miss Sheila .

  30. Chris bradford posted an image:
    29 Sep 2021
    Sheila
    Sheila

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    29 Sep 2021


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