Lois Birchfield Bradley, 91, Georgetown, KY, born in Rowan County, KY, to John and Lourene Porter Birchfield June 22, 1921, passed September 29, 2012, at Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY, following a full life. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lt. Col. Ova C. Bradley, USAR (ret.), her parents, four sisters and two brothers. She is survived by one sister, Lucille Lewis, Louisville, KY; three children, daughters Pam Mooney of Georgetown, KY, and Penny (Turner) Summers of Sadieville, KY, and son, Patrick (Dana) Bradley of Macon, GA; six granddaughters, five great granddaughters, two great grandsons, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and outlaws. Her generosity of spirit earned her the nicknames “Grambo” and the “Universal Grandma” to those who knew and loved her.
SSgt. Lois Bradley joined the U.S. Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (precursor to the WACs) in 1942 and served in the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to the CIA) during World War II stationed out of Langley Field, VA. She took her service to all and her oath of secrecy with her, merely saying her job often was “…to mingle, to listen and to carry a loaded .45 at all times.”
She graduated in 1952 from the University of Kentucky with a BA in journalism and studied for her Master’s degree at Kentucky State University in Personnel Management. She served in the personnel department at the Arsenal and Munitions depot in Charlestown, Indiana, retired as Student Services Vice President from United Electronics Institute, in Louisville, KY, worked with the American Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and Technicians in Washington D.C., the Montgomery County, MD, Teacher’s Association, retired from the Kentucky Department of Personnel in Frankfort, and was owner of Classic Glass in Frankfort, KY. She was a founding member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kentucky, a member of First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, KY, a member and historian of the Bluegrass Chapter of The Mended Hearts, the Business and Professional Women’s organization in Louisville, Soroptimists International in Louisville, KY, and she was active in the promotion, construction and dedication of the Women’s War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Visitation at Tucker, Yocum, Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown Tuesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Services at Tucker, Yocum, Wilson Funeral Home Wednesday at 11 a.m. Mother Elise Johnstone, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Georgetown, officiating. Interment services at Lexington National Cemetery following the service with Pall Bearers: Joyce Baker, John Clark, Paul Clark, Chris Duke, John Duke and Bill Hager. Honorary Pall Bearers: Mended Hearts of the Bluegrass, Chapter 115.
In lieu of Flowers the family suggests contributions in Lois Bradley’s name to the Legacy Scholarship Fund of Georgetown-Scott County Ambulance Service 141 South Broadway Georgetown, Kentucky 40324; The Thomson Hood Veterans Center Foundation 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390 or The Mended Hearts of the Bluegrass, Chapter 115 PO Box 23683 Lexington, Kentucky 40523.
Online condolences may be made at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com