Lena Elvina (Bradley) Bratton was born July 3, 1924, in Dothan, Huston County, Ala., to Carrie (Richardson) and Perry Bradley. Lena died Oct. 2, 2013, in Broken Bow.
Carrie and Perry had three children; Lena, Robert and Marion. When Lena was about 11-years-old, her daddy passed away. She had to quit school to care for her brother and sister so Carrie could work to feed the family.
Carrie met and married Henry Edgar and Lena gained two sisters, June and Jean Edgar. Also to this union, she eventually gained step-brothers Stewart, Charles, Johnny and Ballard.
Lena married Elvin Harvey Bratton Sept. 6, 1947, and to this union had five children; Clarence, Jimmy, Daniel, Tom and Linda. After 25 years of marriage she divorced Elvin and never remarried.
She is preceeded in death by her son, Jimmy; her ex-husband, Elvin; step-brotherr, Ballard; sister, Marion; brother, Robert; step-father, Henry; mother, Carrie; and father, Perry.
She is mourned by her sons, Clarence (Mitch) and wife Charlene and grandson Charlie, Daniel and wife Linda, granddaughter LaReina and grandson Nicholas Bratton, and Tommy and wife Terry and grandsons Jermey and Michael Bratton; daughter, Linda and husband Scott Dreith and grandson Joey; granddaughter Sunny and husband Mark Detty; grandson, Christopher Dreith, and many more great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services were Oct. 8, 2013, at the Mason City Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 10, 2013