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Sophie Margie Bradley

Longtime North Pole resident Sophie Margie Bradley died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, surrounded by loved ones at her son Leslie's home in Kenai.

She was 90.

A celebration of life is being planned for the evening of Thursday, May 30, at the North Pole Grange.

Mrs. Bradley was born on May 30, 1911, in Brooklyn, New York. She arrived in Alaska in 1949 with her husband, James. The couple homesteaded on the Old Richardson Highway, north of the city of North Pole. Over the years, they built Bradley Sky Ranch, a family business that provided airport services for many in the interior of Alaska.

After her husband's death in 1971, she ran the business with her three sons.

Mrs. Bradley loved to cook, garden and shovel snow. She also enjoyed taking care of all that the airport business brought to her door.

Her family said, "Sophie was a strong, independent pioneer woman. She took in many a wayward pilot who called the Sky Ranch home. Folks will always remember her generous, trusting nature."

Mrs. Bradley is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Leslie and Susan Hurley Bradley of Kenai, Robert Bradley and Deborah Maldanado of Fairbanks, and James and Cheryl Bradley of North Pole; grandchildren Janice, Bret, and James; and great-grandchildren, Harley, David Jr., and Nikkitta.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, February 17, 2002



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