Margaret Bradley, 66

Margaret Bradley, age 66 of Brewster, went home into the welcoming arms of Jesus Friday, March 15, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, after a recent battle with multiple myeloma.Funeral Services were March 19, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Broken Bow, with Fr. Jim Hunt officiating. She was laid to rest at the Brewster Cemetery.Margaret (Dwyer) Bradley was born Jan. 9, 1947, the daughter of Hamilton and Margaret Dwyer. Margaret graduated from Portsmouth Catholic High School in Portsmouth, Virg., in 1965. Margaret obtained a bachelor of science in secondary education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virg., in 1969. She taught history in Washington D.C., where she especially loved teaching 7th and 8th grade students. Margaret’s primary role was a homemaker, but she also worked as the Social Services Director in Blaine County as an assistant to the County Clerk, and worked with the census.Margaret was a devoted wife, mother and doting grandmother and was known for her kindness to others. She loved being a rancher’s wife and living in the Sandhills. Margaret and Gordon loved to travel and in 2010 they enjoyed their dream vacation together in Australia. Margaret and Gordon raised two daughters, Mary and Cindy. Together they felt that raising their children was the most important thing they did in life. Margaret loved spending time with family. A business trip was a success to Margaret if she worked in a visit with a family member each day while she was away. If Margaret was within a 60 mile radius of her children or grandchildren for any reason, she made every effort to stop by and visit, play and read to her grandchildren.Margaret enjoyed crafting and making handmade gifts for family, bird watching, gardening, Husker football, and Celtic basketball. Margaret had numerous ways of volunteering her time; she was involved with the Immunization Clinic, American Legion Auxiliary, and Brewster Barbeque. Margaret was passionate about her role as a board of director with the Custer Public Power District. She was optimistic, loved life, and always gave her very best effort.Margaret is survived by husband, Gordon Bradley of Brewster; daughter, Mary (Mike) Tjepkes and grandchildren Elaine and Connor of Omaha; daughter, Cindy (Lee) Benson and grandchildren Lexi, Kaitlyn, and Gracie of Aurora; brothers, Hamilton (Ann) Dwyer of Chesapeake, Virg., and Arthur Dwyer and friend Linda of Suffolk, Virg.; sisters, Theresa (Paul) Petrill of Fredericksburg, Virg., and Patricia Dwyer and friend Peggy of Suffolk, Virg.; mother-in-law, Maxine Bradley of Brewster; brother-in-law Ronald Tompkins of Lincoln; and 11 nieces and nephews.Margaret was preceded in death by her infant grandson, Bradley Tjepkes; parents, Hamilton and Margaret Dwyer; father-in-law, Darwin Bradley, and sister-in-law Janet (Bradley) Tompkins.Published in Custer County Chief, March 21, 2013