Shirley A. Bradley

August 07, 1926 ‒ March 19, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Shirley A. Bradley went to be with her Lord Monday evening, March 19, 2018 at the age of 91.   She lived a life devoted to her faith & her family.

She was born August 7, 1926, to Walter & Louisabelle (Dorward) Williams in Canton.  A graduate of Lincoln High School, she was head majorette, starred in many productions with The Canton Players, and was proud of her nickname “Shapely Shirley”.  While pursuing a degree in Physical Education at Wittenberg University, she joined Chi Omega sorority and was crowned War Bond Queen (World War II’s version of homecoming queen).  It was there she met the love of her life, Eugene V. Bradley.   The handsome president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and captain of the football team, Gene was finishing his degree at Wittenberg after an injury shortened his tenure as a Marine officer.  He may have won her over the night the Chio housemother implored him to stay at the sorority house to protect the sisters from a suspected threat caused by a ruckus outside. A ruckus, Gene would admit years later, caused by Gene & his buddies. Gene & Shirley were married on June 28, 1947 & spent 57 wonderful years together until Gene passed away in 2006.

When the couple first moved to Mansfield, Shirley taught physical education & coached at Appleseed Jr. High until she decided to stay home & raise her family.  In her younger years, she was active in the Mansfield Area Christian Women’s Club, bridge clubs & bible studies, and on the board of the YWCA. Her later years were devoted to her grandchildren’s sporting events, after which she continually reminded them their athletic abilities came straight from GRAMMY!

“Her children arise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28. Shirley is survived by her children Scott Bradley and Melissa (Dr. Robert) Barkett; and grandchildren Chase (Katie) Buchanan, Cole Bradley, Chad Buchanan, and Chloe Buchanan.  In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Kelley Bradley; and her brother Timothy Williams.

Shirley’s family would like to thank the staff of Southern Care Hospice for their tender loving care during a very difficult time. Although no public service will be held in Shirley’s memory, her family hopes you will honor her memory by loving those around you as Christ first loved us.

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  • My deepest sympathy to the family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as I recall pleasant memories of my time in Shirley’s physical education class at Johnny Appleseed Junior High School. A beautiful teacher, inside and out, I always looked forward to her class!

  • Melissa

    So sorry for you and your family. I was not lucky enough to know your Mother well but she seems amazing ! Reading about her many accomplishments makes it obvious how you turned out so beautiful and confident. Please know our family greaves with you.

  • Dear Scott, Missy, and families,
    Shirley was such a wonderful woman; she always made me feel very special. There was a season when I would run into her at the grocery store frequently and she was always so warm and cordial. Her love for Jesus was clearly evident at all times. I am so grateful to have known her (and Gene, too). As a young Christian, I looked up to them and I hope I learned from their examples.
    May God’s comfort and peace be yours in this time of loss. And may the hope of a joyous reunion in heaven one day sustain you.
    With fond memories, in Christ,
    Tom & Judy Nichols