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In Memory of

Beverly Maebelle Bradley

March 10, 1926 - April 5, 2017

Obituary


Waterville - Twas the night when neither an elf nor Saint Nicholas was stirring with the passing of Beverly M. Bradley, one of their own. On April 5, 2017, Beverly Maybelle Bradley, born March 10, 1926 in Anson, the sixth of ten children of the late John and Beatrice Goodwin Bradley, passed away due to complications associated with pneumonia.

Educated at the Lowell Elementary School at the corner of Lower West Mills Road and the County Road in Anson, Beverly earned her high school diploma at Madison High School in 1943. After high school...

Waterville - Twas the night when neither an elf nor Saint Nicholas was stirring with the passing of Beverly M. Bradley, one of their own. On April 5, 2017, Beverly Maybelle Bradley, born March 10, 1926 in Anson, the sixth of ten children of the late John and Beatrice Goodwin Bradley, passed away due to complications associated with pneumonia.

Educated at the Lowell Elementary School at the corner of Lower West Mills Road and the County Road in Anson, Beverly earned her high school diploma at Madison High School in 1943. After high school Beverly sought training as a nurse. Applying in the winter of 1944-45, Beverly was accepted to the Nursing School in Waterville beginning her training March 1945. In September of 1948, Beverly earned her nursing diploma and immediately went to work for "The Sisters," as she referred to them. Her reputation as being hard nosed-by the books nurse was well known and appreciated by co-workers and patients alike. In 1951, Beverly was one of the nurses in New England chosen to go to New York City to receive training for proper care and treatment of cancer patients. Beverly worked at the Sister's Hospital until the Seton Hospital opened in 1950 where she remained until the merger of Seton Hospital and Thayer Hospital becoming Mid-Maine Medical Center. Beverly retired in 1989 after serving her final career years as the Head Nurse for both units.

Beverly never married, but had a huge family, often working and playing side-by-side with her siblings and enjoying days with her many nieces and nephews and later great nieces and great nephews. Beverly had a uniquely close relationship with many of her sisters. Family was a belief she displayed with her efforts to support her family like "Big Grampa" Goodwin, her father, and her sisters and their children through injuries and illnesses.

Holidays and special occasions were important to Auntie Bev, none more so than Christmas. Santa's workshop opened each fall with a great deal of hustle and bustle, often sewing with her sisters to get Santa's pack filled with stuffed animals for the little ones and a toy for the older nieces and nephews. For Auntie Bev, making the bear, the fox, or the Raggedy Ann Doll was not enough, each was garnished with a homemade outfit before being stuffed into "the pack." As one of Santa's elf she wrapped and packed gifts for everyone each year and made many journeys over "The Mountains" to deliver these gifts.

Beverly was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Isabelle, Kathleen, Lorraine (Pete), Edna (Judy) and her brothers Fred and Carroll. She is survived by sisters, Nellie Sias of Berwick, Thresa Hayden and her husband Carlton of Madison, and Sylvia Hovey of Skowhegan. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. She will be especially missed at her Sunday evening meal with her adopted granddaughters, Treva, Grace, and Trista.

Funeral services are under the direction of Smart and Edwards, Skowhegan. A celebration of Bev's life will be held at a time to be determined and will be publicized in the local paper. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful caring staffs at Somerset Residential and Maplecrest for their tenderness in Bev's final year.