Bradfute, Clara Galloway
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.