Virginia (Doud) Bradley

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Virginia (Doud) Bradley
April 5, 1928 - Oct. 6, 2011

Virginia Fern Bradley of College Place passed away Oct. 6, 2011, at her home at the age of 83 years. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch, Walla Walla, with Pastor Jim Graham officiating. A reception at the church will follow. The family would appreciate memorial contributions being made in Virginia's memory to the Music Boosters, c/o Garrison Middle School, 906 Chase St., Walla Walla, or YMCA Scholarship Fund, 340 S. Park, Walla Walla.

Virginia was born April 5, 1928, the youngest of 13, to Sylvester and Henrietta (Kline) Edwards in Kingston, Mo. She married Rupert "Jack" Higman on March 1, 1947, in Olathe, Kan. In 1959, Virginia traveled by train with her five children to Oregon to visit her sister, Mary. She married Dean Doud on April 13, 1961. Virginia thoroughly enjoyed her years working at the Mode O Day in Milton-Freewater, where she shared many laughs with co-workers and customers; she later worked several years in the local canneries. Virginia married Kenneth Bradley on June 12, 1972. When the empty nest arrived, she and Kenneth moved around a bit, making their final home together in Hermiston. In May 1997, as a widower, Virginia moved one final time to her home in College Place, embracing her independent, carefree years.

Virginia was the lady to see with a sewing question or need (she learned well at the hands of her sisters, Edra and Mary). Never one to shy away from craft projects, she was always learning something new - handmade gifts are found throughout the homes of family and friends. She loved being in the kitchen whether it was baking cookies for friends and neighbors, preparing a dish for the Walla Walla Symphony or trying out a new recipe. Virginia was the ultimate hostess and always scheming to bring friends and family together whether for a simple cup of coffee or a holiday feast - she always had an extra chair at the table. Many holiday laughs have been had as we observed Virginia trying to cheat at a board game - she's so obvious! Her humor, wit and optimism create terrific memories.

Virginia's greatest joy is her family. She never missed an opportunity to watch her children and grandchildren shine. Grandma was never too busy to attend a concert, play or sporting event. In the last 15 years, she missed only one concert each of her local grandchildren and she regretted allowing that darned surgery to interfere with those two concerts!

Virginia is survived by her children (and grandchildren), Carolyn DeWalt (Michelle) of Fort Worth, Texas, Paula and Jeff Livingston (Justin, Jeffrey, Mallory, Carson) of Walla Walla, J Michael and Patricia Doud (Kimberly, Jeffrey) of Milwaukie, Ore., Ronald Doud of Newberg, Ore.; son-in-law, John Burnham (Curtis, Kenneth) of Newberg, Ore.; 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; daughter, Linda Burnham; and son, James Doud.

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