Melba Arlene (nee Gardiner) Bradshaw, 83, of Walsh, IL, born on May 26, 1937 in Houston, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Cedarhurst Assisted Living in Sparta, IL.
Melba was a retired rural letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Red Bud, IL. She also worked as a substitute rural letter carrier in Sparta, IL and as a secretary for the Local Union 210-B of Spartan Printing (World Color Press)in Sparta, IL. Because of her love of giving to others, she also worked as an employee and as a volunteer for the tri-county area of social services for the elderly and handicapped.
Melba was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Walsh, IL; a member of the Zion Lutheran church choir; and a member, past president and secretary of the Zion Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. She was an avid hunter and fisherman and very active in the Plum Creek Sportsman’s Club. Melba also loved music of all kinds and had a lovely alto voice. She and her sisters often sang hymns for the local radio station. Melba had a passion for her family and friends that will not be forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her parents Otis and Elsie (nee Glenn) Gardiner; two sisters – Fern R. Smith and Anna Mae Wittenborn; one brother, William O. Gardiner; and four grandchildren – Elisabeth S. Bradshaw, John T. Bradshaw, Amanda E. Bradshaw, and Nicholas A. Bradshaw.
Melba is survived by her husband – Rayford A. Bradshaw of Cedarhurst Assisted Living, Sparta, IL, whom she married June 8,1955 on a riverbank in Smith County, MS; five children – Theresa (Carl) Forbis of New Braunfels, TX; Stephen (Susan) Bradshaw of Sparta, IL; Brian (Laura) Bradshaw of Walsh, IL; William (Chris) Bradshaw of Port Byron, IL; and Wayne (Kellie) Bradshaw of Red Bud, IL; 32 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220-2159. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.
Funeral: Due to restrictions that are in place during the COVID-19 outbreak, a private service will be held for the family.
Interment: Burial will be at Fairview Baptist Church cemetery, Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.