Maurine Bradley, 85, of Bible Grove, died, Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home.
Maurine, or Sissy as she was affectionately called by her siblings, was born December 28, 1932 in Kirksville, Missouri to Morrise Glen Newcomb and Mary Ruth Long Newcomb. She lived her entire life in northeast Missouri in Scotland, Schuyler, and Adair counties, graduating from Downing High School in 1951. She started her nursing career as a nurses’ aid at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital.
Maurine was baptized into Christ and fellowshipped with the body of Christ at Bible Grove
On February 14, 1953 she married Okie Deen Bradley and spent the rest of her life on the family farm north of Bible Grove where she helped Okie Deen farm and raise five children. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2005.
She enrolled in the Kirksville Public School of Practical Nursing to become a licensed practical nurse in 1971, while four of her five children were in high school. She resumed her nursing career at Laughlin Hospital and after a few years continued her career as a nursing supervisor at the Kirksville Regional Center for Developmentally Disabled Children. She later worked at Chariton Valley Center, also with developmentally disabled children. Maurine was well liked by her associates, earning their respect and admiration for her devotion to developmentally disabled children. She was especially fond of her little buddy Kenny, and often brought children home to the farm for weekend retreats. Maurine also enjoyed bird watching and had a special fascination with owls.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers: Harold Newcomb, William Newcomb, Robert Newcomb, Morrise Newcomb, Jr; three sisters-in-law: Marilyn Newcomb, Mardell Newcomb, and Carol Newcomb; and one daughter-in-law, Cindi Bradley.
She is survived by her children, Mike Bradley of Olathe, KS, Pat Bradley of Bible Grove, Steve (Cindy) Bradley of Lindale, TX, Joy (Joe) Moore of Camp Point, IL; and Bruce Bradley of Warrensburg, MO; siblings: Charles (Shirley) Newcomb of Greentop, Maxine (Emmett) Phillips and Don Newcomb, both of Memphis; a sister-in-law, Betty Newcomb of Indianola, IA; grandchildren: Jeremy (Laura) Bradley of The Colony, TX, Jeremiah Bradley of Garland, TX, Heather (Mark) Titterness of Sequim, WA, Julie Cottini of Olathe, Kansas, Anna (TC) Calvert of North Little Rock, AR, and Josiah Moore of Denver, CO; and great grandchildren: Conner, Lauren, and Grace Titterness, Holly Sullivan, Violet Cottini, Rylee and Kendall Bradley, and Jensen Calvert.
Graveside services were October 16 at the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery with Mark Stinnett officiating. Mike Bradley, Patrick Bradley, Steven Bradley, Bruce Bradley, Joe Moore, Bob Bradley, Doug Bradley, Jeremy Bradley, Jeremiah Bradley and Josiah Moore served as pallbearers.
Memorials are suggested to the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.
Condolences may be sent to the Bradley family by signing the online guest book at www.gerthfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.