Mary Louise Bradney

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mary Louise Bradney

April 15, 1934 - April 15, 2016

BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Mary Louise Grace Bradney, the daughter of George M. and Catherine C. (Schlautman) Ebbers, was born April 15, 1934, in Sterling, Colo. She passed away at Dundy County Hospital on April 15, 2016, in Benkelman. She was 82 years of age.

Mary was the fourth of nine daughters. The girls grew up helping their parents on the family farm in Yuma County, Colo., and she graduated from Lone Star High School.

Mary was united in marriage to Ronald Dean Bradney on April 9, 1952, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in rural Yuma.

Working together, Mary and Dean raised their four children, moving several times and ending up as owners of Dundy County Processors in Benkelman in 1972 and Bradney's Meat Processors in Curtis, Neb., in 1976.

Traveling in their motor home and spending time in Quartzsite, Ariz. was a source of enjoyment. Mary continued traveling to Arizona for several years following Dean's death in 1984. Mary also enjoyed her flower gardens as well, as her needlework and crocheting. Mary would also like to take long drives in the area. Mary enjoyed her sisters.

Attending her grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's various events was very important to Mary -- her family was a source of pride and great joy.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; an infant grandson; and three sisters, Dorothy Lechman, Delores Brandt and Marcella Glanz; in-laws, Jonas and Addie Bradney, Tiny (Raymond) and Louise Drum, Harry Bradney, Shirley Ison, Aldean Bradney, Karl Drum, Joe Drum and Collin Bradney.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Barb) Bradney of Kearney, Neb., David (Betty) Bradney of Benkelman, Christina (Steve) Berry of McCook, and Brian (Teresa) Bradney of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren, Todd (Jill) Bradney of Papillion, Neb., Traci Bradney of Curtis, Neb., Heather (Troy) Wiese of Benkelman, Shane (Avery) Bradney of Benkelman, Rebecca (Tom) Weimers of McCook, Jennifer (Taylor) Rogers of Gering, Neb., Thomas Bradney of Omaha, Neb., Emily Bradney and her fiancÚ, Queneth Salazar of Omaha, Neb., and Sammy Bradney of North Platte; as well as 12 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Rosella Ebbers of Sterling, Colo., Shirley (Dale) Furrow of Iliff, Colo., Mildred (Don) Silvius of Yuma, Annebelle (Tom) Shoemaker of Woods Cross, Utah, and Helen Schrecengost and special friend, David Nye of Parker, Colo. She's also survived by brothers-in-law, Forrest Bradney and Dean Ison.

A Rosary was recited for Mary on Monday, April 18, 2016, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman with a funeral mass following with Father Tom Wiedel celebrating.

Visitation was Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2016, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman.

Memorials have been established to the Dundy County Hospital Foundation and the Hester Home in Benkelman.

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Benkelman Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.