Bernice Bradley, 84, a retired dialysis technician, died Tuesday, April 6, from lung cancer at her home in Jamison, Bucks County.
Mrs. Bradley was born in Parksley, Va., on Sept. 1, 1936, to James and Elizabeth Matthews. She was educated in the public schools of Accomack County, Va.
In her early 20s, Mrs. Bradley moved to Philadelphia, where she worked at several jobs until she became a dialysis technician at Lankenau Hospital.
In Philadelphia, she met Floyd Bradley Sr. and they married on Aug. 2, 1984. Her husband had five children from a previous marriage who became Mrs. Bradley’s stepchildren.
As a stepmother, Mrs. Bradley “was very welcoming” to her husband’s children, said Bernadette Fuller, her stepdaughter.
“The boys always went on vacations with them,” Fuller said. “She loved them like they were her own.”
Mrs. Bradley joined White Rock Baptist Church in West Philadelphia in 1989 and was a member of the Good Shepherd Circle of the Women’s Mission Union.
Fuller said Mrs. Bradley was “an awesome cook” and enjoyed traveling and shopping.
“She liked to shop, but more than shopping, she loved to bargain at flea markets and places where you could go back and forth and make a deal,” Fuller said. “She loved clothes and shoes, but she really loved to bargain.”
In addition to her husband and stepdaughter, Mrs. Bradley is survived byfour other stepchildren, Floyd Jr., Anthony, Vincent, and Kenneth Sr.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
A funeral was held Thursday, April 15. Burial was at Historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Delaware County.
Correction: A previous version of this story included the wrong name for Bernice Bradley’s mother, that a family member provided.