Nellie Marie Bradley, 86, Topeka: Dec. 2, 1930 – Jan. 20, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nellie M. Bradley, 86, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the House at Midland Care. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Francis and Olive (Francis) Milbradt.

Nellie graduated from Scranton (Kan.) High School and was a 1951 graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at various locations for more than 20 years.

Nellie married Richard W. Ward Jr. on March 24, 1951; he preceded her in death. She was married to Charles J. Spicka Jr. on Feb. 2, 1953; they later divorced. On Jan. 18, 1972, she was united in marriage to Lawrence L. Bradley; he also preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children, Charlene M. (Dennis) Seiter, of Marquand, Mo., Patricia A. (John Aureli) Sandmeyer, James Kent (Carolyn) Spicka and Laurie S. (Shannon) McCollum, all of Topeka; siblings, Verna Lee Kittelman, Laura Jean “Poppy” Cogburn, Linda Rae Butler and Jerry Milbradt; six grandchildren, Stacey Merx, Theresa Miller, Angela Loy, Joshua Seiter, Daniel Spicka, and Shane McCollum; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two siblings, Irene Long and Frank Eugene “Jim” Milbradt.

The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Midland Care Hospice or Topeka Rescue Mission, and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.


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