Ina “Jeanell” Bradley was born on January 27, 1930, in the middle of a snowstorm, to James “Jim” Benjamin and Noma Shipman Nease in Punkin Center, OK. She was the ninth of eleven children in that family and was affectionately known as “Number 9”. She went to be with the Lord on July 5, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Jeanell graduated as the valedictorian of the class of 1948 at Central High (Marlow). She loved music and participated in plays. She married her high school sweetheart, JW Bradley of Marlow, on July 7, 1948. They settled in Duncan and both went to work for Halliburton Services. She worked for Halliburton until the birth of their first child, Vickie Sue. She then became a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother.
She was baptized into Christ in 1952 and lived out her life as a devout Christian woman. She and JW attended at Westside Church of Christ and Eastside Church of Christ in Duncan. They were janitors at Westside for 25 years. Jeanell loved singing and helped provide music for weddings and funerals. An excellent cook, she also coordinated meals for funerals for many years. People would stand in line to fight for a piece of her coconut or chocolate pie. Many visitors to Duncan were welcomed into her home for a fried chicken dinner.
Nineteen years after Vickie was born, JW and Jeanell were surprised with a bonus baby, Robin Jeanell. Jeanell continued to be a wonderful mother to both girls for the rest of her life. She would tell you that her greatest joys in life came from being a Christian wife and mother and she was proud that her children and grandchildren were Christians. 3 John 4 “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.”
Jeanell lived in Duncan for 63 years. She and JW moved to Edmond to live with Robin after she suffered a stroke. She spent time with both Robin and Vickie for 5 years. She lived at the Fountains at Canterbury in Oklahoma City for the last few months of her life.
Jeanell was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and sisters, and one grandson, Thomas Beam. She is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, JW Bradley; her daughters Vickie Stamper and husband Clint of Kimberling City, MO, and Robin Beam and husband David of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Brad Morrisett and wife Holly of Edmond, OK, Lance Morrisett and wife Jennifer of Hooker, OK, Melissa Bukovatz and husband Greg of Oshkosh, WI, and Seth Beam of Edmond, OK. She is also survived by one brother Gene Nease (Charlotte) and one sister Jimmie Lou Gunkel (James), ten great grandchildren, a great-great grandchild due in January, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be conducted at Eastside Church of Christ in Duncan, OK, on July 7, 2017, at 2:00 pm with Minister Ron Stough officiating. Interment will follow at Leticia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please honor Jeanell by donating to In Search of the Lord’s Way PO Box 371 Edmond, OK 73083.
Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Edmond.
The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6th at Matthews Funeral Home.