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Sarah Viola (Talley) Bradford

October 21, 1932 ~ July 23, 2020 (age 87)


Sarah Viola Bradford died Thursday, July 23, 2020. She was born October 21, 1932 in Moro, AR a daughter of Houston and Delphia (Oxner) Talley. Sarah grew up on a cotton farm in rural Arkansas then moved to Michigan in the 1950's. She worked for nearly 30 years at Gibson Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, working in almost every department in the plant during her time there. When Gibson moved to Nashville, TN, Sarah went to work for Consumer's Sand & Gravel where she worked in the office until her retirement. Sarah loved to travel with Jim, her husband of 59 years. They saw most of the continental United States by car. She especially enjoyed going with Jim to hear him play fiddle with Rem Wall and the Green Valley Boys. In her later years after Jim passed, she still enjoyed getting in the car and just going for a drive. She enjoyed crafts, especially beading, and made many beaded necklaces and other jewelry that she sold at craft shows or just gave to her friends. She also loved doing puzzles and playing games, especially in her later years with her friends at Story Point Senior Apartments. Sarah was a devout Christian and enjoyed going to church when she was able and enjoyed watching Dr. Charles Stanley on TV when she couldn't attend in person. On November 21, 1953, Sarah married James C. Bradford who preceded her in death on March 1, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Houston Talley Jr., Noel Talley, Eloise James, Narvel Talley, Enoch Talley, and Mary Foor; brother-in-law, Ivan "Wade" Bradford; and sisters-in-law, Esther "Gail" Baker and Clara Clark. Sarah is survived by her sons, Michael (Mary Beth) Bradford, and Brian Bradford; grandsons, David Bradford, and Thomas (Sarah) Bradford; brothers-in-law, Coy (Hazel) Bradford, Donald (Linda) Bradford, and Dale (Sandy) Bradford; and nieces and nephews. Private graveside services will be held 11:00 Thursday morning, July 30, 2020 in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, North. Services entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 622 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. To view Sarah's personalized web page, please visit


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