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ALLENE BRADLEY

November 20, 2015

Allene Bradley of Greenwood Court in Stratford, died at her nursing home, Nov. 20, 2015, in her 97th year. She leaves to mourn one daughter, Phyllis, and her husband David of Stratford, in addition to two granddaughters, Kate Todd of Guelph and Emma Todd of Lakefield. Allene will also be missed by her sister-in-law, Evelyn Bradley of Ripley, plus nine nieces and nephews: Norm and Cathy MacLennan of Waterloo; Brenda and Don Whitfield of Sault Ste. Marie; Sandra and Gil Tourigny of Victoria, B.C., Maureen and Dave Thomas of Goderich; Mary and Bruce Scott of Ripley; Maxine and Greg Alton of Wingham; Movita and Clair Gartley of Waterloo; Michela Bradley and Peter Martchenko of Waterloo, and Madonna and Bruce Terpstra of Waterloo. Allene also has many great, plus great-great nephews and nieces to miss her. She was predeceased by her husband, Eldon Bradley, in 2009; her only son, Dr. John Bradley of Toronto. in 2006; her sister, Doris MacLennan-Michie, in 1991; plus three brothers-in-law, James Bradley, Murray MacLennan and George Michie. Her parents, Walter and Estelle Brown, and step mother, Dorthea Brown, all of Amberley, died before her. Allene was born in Amberley, very close to Lake Huron. She attended Kincardine High School and later graduated as a school teacher from Stratford Teacher's College in 1939. She taught in one-room school houses, with eight grades of pupils, in Huron, Ashfield and Kinloss townships. She married the love of her life, Eldon Bradley, in December, 1943, when he was able to receive a three-day leave from the Royal Canadian Air Force. When the Second World War ended in 1945, Allene and Eldon purchased a farm close to Lake Huron in Ashfield Township. They worked together and raised their children, Phyllis and John, there. Allene was proud of her big gardens, delicious baking, her home and family, the barns and the many animals on the farm. She was an active member of Pine River United Church and later Lucknow United Church plus her Women's Institute groups. She and Eldon retired from farming in the early 1970s and built, and moved into, a bungalow in Lucknow. They became actively involved in a new community, making many lasting new friends. In 2005, they moved to Stratford into Hamlet Estates to be closer to family, and in 2009 moved into Greenwood Court Nursing Home when health needs dictated. Allene again made many new friends and participated in many nursing home activities. She enjoyed the music, arts and crafts, church services, tea and coffee parties, bowling, gardening, bingo and other games, the wonderful meals, the annual Spring Prom - but especially the fellow residents and wonderful nurses and personal support worker caregivers. She recommended Greenwood Court as the "best nursing home in the world to be." Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at 2 p.m., at the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow. Interment Greenhill Cemetery, Lucknow. Donations to the John Bradley Education Endowment Fund or the Greenwood Chapel Fund would be appreciated by the family.

 
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