Marion P. Bradford loved spending time with family, reading, traveling

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 10:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Marion Bradford loved spending time with her family. If one of her family members had a problem, she first thought about what she could do to help, her daughter Pamela Bradford said.

When Pamela Bradford had anesthesia after giving birth to her first child, her mother stayed with her through the difficult time.

"She was always in my corner when I needed her," Pamela Bradford said.

Marion P. Bradford of Columbia died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. She was 96.

She was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Fillmore County, Minn. to Mertle Hungerford and Paul Christopher Shultz.

On one snowy day when she was a child, Mrs. Bradford went out on a sled with her father, and on their way back they could hardly see the roads because of the strong wind, Pamela Bradford said. Mrs. Bradford sat on the sled with ropes bundled around her to keep her warm while her father walked alongside the sled.

"It was one of the interesting adventures she had," Pamela Bradford said.

When she was young, Mrs. Bradford liked dancing to swing music at big-band concerts, such as Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

She met her husband, Richard Wayne Bradford, at a dance in Edmonton, Canada, during World War II. She was a secretary for the Alaska-Canadian Highway, and he was an airplane mechanic in the Army. Girls were often invited to dance with the Army members, and they met at one of those dances. They married in 1943.

Mrs. Bradford held jobs as a secretary and as an optician, and she also worked for a doctor.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband to places including China, Europe and South America.

She also liked to read. Her daughter said she used to read five books a week.

"She was like a 'shark reader,'" Pamela Bradford said.

Mrs. Bradford also enjoyed socializing at parties held by her husband's company. She dressed up and wore perfume, her daughter said.

"She looked pretty, and she really enjoyed it," Pamela Bradford said.

Mrs. Bradford is survived by two daughters, Patricia Cox and her husband, Theodore, of Valparaiso, Ind., and Pamela Bradford and her husband, Donald Mueller, of Columbia; and five grandsons, Raymond Cox and his wife, Pam, of Indianapolis, Todd Cox and his wife, Alejandra, of Indianapolis, Trent Cox and his wife, Katherine, of Bloomington, Ind., Andrew Mueller of Fort Bragg, S.C., and James Mueller of Columbia.

Her husband, Richard Wayne Bradford; three sisters, Hazel Gore, Ava O'Brien and Nina Roche; and a son, Stephen Bradford, died earlier.

Services have not yet been set.

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