2017-05-25 / Obituaries

Mary Eloise Watson Brademan

Mary Eloise Watson Brademan was born on November 30, 1919 in Hicks, Texas (North Lee County) to Homer Odes and Myrtie (Rose) Watson, the youngest of seven children.

Mary went to Elementary school in Tanglewood, Texas and graduated from Lexington High School in 1937. After high school, she went to Blinn College in Brenham. She studied business and completed a course as a Radio Operator, learning Morse Code. After completing her courses at Blinn, she was chosen, along with several students to work for the NYA program implemented by President Franklin T. Roosevelt.

She lived and worked in Kingsville, Texas. There, they worked with the government using their skills with Morse Code. Upon completion of the program in Kingsville, she moved to Houston and worked for Folgers Coffee as a secretary. In September, 1944, she married the love of her life, Sikes Brademan in Houston. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corp. They moved across country to Florida, New Jersey and lived in Pennsylvania until Sikes was deployed to the Fiji Islands, where he served until the end of World War II.

In 1945 they settled in Lexington where they built a house and raised their family. She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She was a co-founder of First Christian Church and a Charter Member of Lexington Garden Club. She loved gardening, seeing the beauty of all God’s wonderful gifts of nature. Family and friends were her joy, a lifetime spent as a gracious and wonderful hostess at home. In the last five years, she made many friends in her new home at Copperas Hollow in Caldwell. Everyone loved seeing her each day; she was the sunshine in so many lives. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a true servant of the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sikes; parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alva and Thelma Watson, Cecil Watson, Gustis and Allene Watson, Hubert and LaRue Watson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Gomer Owens, Myna and John Hornung and Bernice Watson; greatgranddaughter, Brandy Reynolds; son-in-law, Joe B. Reynolds and beloved niece and nephews.

She is survived by her children, Judy and Bob Hasselbush of Lexington, Mary Sue Reynolds of Lexington and Gordon and Shirley Brademan of Boerne; grandchildren surviving are, Dawn and Mike Stefek, Paula and Curtis Worley, Chris and Sabrina Billings, Joby Reynolds, Jeff and Christina Reynolds, Jennifer and D.J. Iselt all of Lexington, Brian Brademan of Odessa and Natalie and Cody Atkins of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; also 20 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Forest Grove Christian Church in Forest Grove Community with Dr. Greg Nichols and Pastor Lance Walch officiating. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Lexington Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 4, Lexington, Texas 78947.

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