Brad­fute, Clara Gal­loway

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July 4, 1927 – Oc­to­ber 31, 2018

A res­i­dent of Tega Cay, South Carolina, Clara passed away peace­fully on 31 Oc­to­ber 2018, at 91 years of age. She was born the fourth of five chil­dren to Wil­son and Lu­cile Sum­mers Gal­loway on July 4, 1927, in Cedarville, Ohio. Af­ter World War II her fa­ther moved the fam­ily west to Pasadena, CA, quite a change for a young woman who had grown up in a quiet Mid­west­ern town in ru­ral Greene County, Ohio. She went on to at­tend Scripps Col­lege in Clare­mont and grad­u­ated with a BA De­gree in English Lit­er­a­ture. Her se­nior year she was elected stu­dent body pres­i­dent. The bonds she formed with many of the women there would fol­low her through­out her life. She mar­ried the late John O. Brad­fute, of Xe­nia, Ohio in 1950 and to­gether they had 4 chil­dren, Peggy, El­iz­a­beth, John and David. Clara flour­ished as a young wife and mother…tend­ing to her chil­dren, dot­ing on her hus­band, sa­vor­ing the con­tent­ment that came with typ­i­cal sub­ur­ban life in a post-war Amer­ica. John’s ca­reer was just be­gin­ning and that meant fre­quently hav­ing to re­lo­cate. Clara cheer­fully fol­lowed from city-to-city and state-to-state, shep­herd­ing the chil­dren and du­ti­fully set­ting up house­hold wher­ever John’s job took them. This in­cluded a twoyear stint in Ger­many in the early ‘60’s. Upon their re­turn from Europe the fam­ily set­tled in Loomis, CA. As her pri­mary role of home­maker came to an end, Clara en­rolled in sev­eral busi­ness cour­ses at Sierra Col­lege in Rock­lin, brushed up on her cler­i­cal skills, and en­tered the work force. She was first em­ployed as an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant for McCurry’s in Sacra­mento, CA; next as of­fice man­ager at Brown­son, Rehmus & Fox­worth in San Jose, CA; again as of­fice man­ager for Photo & Sound in Al­bu­querque, NM; and fi­nally as ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary and of­fice man­ager at Stearns En­gi­neer­ing in Rockville, MD. In 1997 she and John re­tired to the South of France where they spent the next two years im­mersed in French cul­ture, cui­sine, art (and wine) while liv­ing in a 300-year old chateau on an es­tate in Provence. Their wan­der­lust grad­u­ally be­gan to fade and Clara and John re­turned to the U.S. mak­ing their home in Las Ve­gas, NV. Wish­ing to re­main rel­e­vant and en­gaged, Clara put her knowl­edge and love of art to use by vol­un­teer­ing as a do­cent at the Las Ve­gas Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. She was ac­tive in many chap­ters of the AAUW, and with her lit­er­ary back­ground, be­longed to nu­mer­ous book clubs in the var­i­ous cities in which she lived. Her great­est pas­sion was cook­ing. John was known to have told many a guest in their home that in spite of hav­ing dined at some of the finest restau­rants in the world, the best meals he ever ex­pe­ri­enced were the ones pre­pared by Clara in her own kitchen. She was pre­ceded in death by her beloved hus­band, John O. Brad­fute; two sis­ters, Re­becca Clark and Dorothy Lof­tus; brother, Robert Gal­loway who died in in­fancy; grand­son Wil­liam (Billy) Vir­gil; son-in-law, Patrick Wood. Clara is sur­vived by cher­ished sis­ter, Caro­line Woodruff of Hen­der­son, NV; lov­ing chil­dren Peggy Bene­dict (Steve) of Rock­lin, CA, El­iz­a­beth Wood of Seal Rock, OR, John G. Brad­fute (Ch­eryl) of Fort Mill, SC, and David W. Brad­fute (Deb­bie) of Auburn, CA. Also sur­vived by three ador­ing grand­chil­dren,

David J. Brad­fute (Michele) of Canby, OR, Emily Brad­fute (Jeff Kolokoff) of Mi­ami Shores, FL, and Brit­tany Brad­fute (Amy Gunkey) of Amar­illo, TX. Clara was fur­ther blessed with seven great-grand­chil­dren, Owen, Jo­ce­lyn, Mad­di­son, Makenzy, Mia, Abi­gail and Ja­cob as well as nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. A me­mo­rial ser­vice is planned for the com­ing spring in Xe­nia, Ohio. In­ter­ment at Massie’s Creek Ceme­tery, Xe­nia Town­ship, Greene County, Ohio.

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