Obituary of Lila Lee Bradley
Lila Bradley entered this life on December 24, 1929 in St. Joseph, Louisiana to Stacy and Pearl Pollard. She entered eternal rest on March 17, 2021. She was a loving, caring and giving servant of God and left an indelible mark on everyone that she encountered.
She graduated from Tensas Rosenwald High School in 1947, and went on to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, where she graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor’s of Physical Education. She was a member of the cheerleading team and also participated on the dance troupe. She met her husband Vasti Bradley at Southern, and they were married on March 23, 1953. To this union three children were born-Devora, Anita, and Steven. They were married for 48 years until Vasti’s death on June 20, 2001.
Lila worked at St. Anthony’s Catholic School for a number of years as a kindergarten, first, and third grade teacher. She also worked at Maria Morgan YWCA for several years as a receptionist. In addition to working, she also spent a life dedicated to serving others. She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and volunteered there in multiple capacities from her early days working as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher. She was a charter member of the Dallas of Chapter Charms Inc., which is a national women’s civic and social organization. During her tenure with the Charms, she achieved emeritus status and held all office positions. In addition, she and her husband, along with others, were founding members of the Dallas Chapter of the Southern University Alumni.
Lila enjoyed traveling, cooking, and entertaining her friends and family. She was known for her fish fries, gumbo, and lemon icebox pies. She always enjoyed cooking for others, and would often times refer to those she delivered food to as “her seniors,” even though she was older than most of them. But the main thing that her friends and family will remember her most for was her love of dancing. She knew all of the line dances, and she was known for getting on the dance floor to get the party started at the Charms Christmas party and Mardi Gras ball. Second lining was second nature for her and she rooted for her Southern “Jags” as she liked to call them.
She is preceded in death by her parents Stacy Pollard and Pearl Shaifer-Pollard; her sisters Doris, Wilma, and Norma; and her husband Vasti. She is survived by her children Devora Beason, Anita Bradley and Steven Bradley; her granddaughter Lauren (Beason) Hardeman; her grandson- in- law Daryl Hardeman; her great-grandson Mason Hardeman and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lila will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew and loved her.
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