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Barbara Ann Bradley (Musgrave) saw her Savior face to face at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016. She went peacefully, surrounded by her loving family after a hard fought battle with breast and bone cancer. Barbara was born December 5, 1956 in Denver, Colo., to Howard and Naomi Musgrave. As a premature baby, Barbara was a strong person and her strength made a great impact on all whose lives she touched. The daughter of missionaries, she grew up in a Christian home, but realized her own need for a Savior, and accepted Christ at the age of nine. In her lifetime, she had the privilege of living in two South American countries, Chile and Venezuela, ministering to the people, right alongside her parents. She is missed and loved by the many friends she made during her time abroad. Barbara met the love of her life, Richard Bradley, in the fall of 1985. She would often recall that, “He is four years younger than me, that is too young,” but quickly changed her mind when she “saw how handsome he was.” Richard often mentions that the first time he called her and asked what she was doing, she replied, “I am painting a tiger.” Richard knew that any woman who could talk on the phone, hold down a tiger, and paint it at the same time was the woman for him. The tiger was fake but the feelings were not and the next June they were married. They went on to have seven children together, four in heaven and three on earth. Barbara became a stay at home wife and mom. She homeschooled her daughters plus three nieces and one nephew over her teaching career. Taking care of her family and working in the ministry were Barbara’s life. She impacted so many lives and will be deeply missed. Barbara is preceded in death by her father, Howard Musgrave; a sister, Rebekah Lynnee Musgrave; son, David Levi Bradley; twin daughters, Katie and Kristi Bradley, and an unnamed little one, along with a host of friends, grandparents, nephews, and a grandbaby. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Richard Bradley; daughters Jessica Hopson, Sarah Bradley, and Hannah Bradley; son-in-law Justinian Hopson, grandson David Hopson; mother Naomi Musgrave; brothers Dale and Robby Musgrave, and their wives and children. Many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends survive her, too. A come-and-go visitation and reception will be from 4 -6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Crawford Funeral Service, Edmond. A service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the funeral home with burial following at Arcadia IOOF Cemetery. Flowers or donations to help cover the cost of the services, as well as personal comments and memories can be sent via the website www.crawfordfuneralservice.com. Special thanks goes to Companion Home Health and their kind hospice staff who walked the family through this trying time.
Published on  March 1, 2016
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