Suzanne Bennett Bradley, born September 15, 1928, the daughter of Colonel William and Camilla Bennett, died peacefully of natural causes on November 28, 2021.
Suzy, Mom, Mimi was raised an Army brat - born in the Panama Canal Zone, spent time in Blacksburg, VA, Long Island, NY, with short stints in Montpelier, VT, Salt Lake City, UT and Murnau, Germany, among others, and finally several years at Fort Belvoir, VA. She shared her upbringing with her close sister, Julie Bennett, who preceded her in death.
Suzy graduated high school from Georgetown Visitation and college from the College of New Rochelle, after which she worked in a biology lab in Washington DC and taught lower-level elementary grades in both public and private schools for five years.
A devoted wife, Suzy married Edwin John Bradley, a Georgetown Law Professor, in January of 1957 (their 65th anniversary would have been Jan. 12th). The majority of their married life was spent in Kensington, MD, but they also lived in Park Fairfax, VA, White Plains, NY, Davis, CA, and Geneva, Switzerland for one or two year periods through the years. The family has summered in Sherwood Forest, MD since 1960. Husband Ed survives her and resides in their Leisure World home of 15 years.
Suzy is also survived by her 5 children: Julianne (spouse Kevin), Marianne (Job), Suzanne, Edwin Jr. (Monica) and William (Erin), as well as seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Suzy was active with primarily faith-based volunteer work throughout her life. A significant passion was Community Bible Study at Fourth Presbyterian for 30 years at which she ran the Children’s Ministry for many of them. She was a long-time coordinator of the Holy Redeemer CCD Nursery Program where she also taught kindergarten and told bible stories in the parish pre-school for many years. She organized casserole preparation and delivery to So Others Might Eat (SOME). She was a Eucharistic Minister throughout her later adult life in several parishes. Suzy was an avid and competitive Duplicate Bridge player, primarily in partnership with her husband. She loved tennis, enjoyed a variety of board games and other recreation, and was a voracious reader.
Suzy Bradley inspired us with her unwavering faith and love of Jesus and by her deep devotion to her husband and to her family. Her gentle, sweet, contented spirit and genuine concern and authentic love for all around her will remain in our hearts forever.
Visitation will be at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 15661 Norbeck Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906 on Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 10:15 am until 11 am followed by a funeral Mass at 11 am. A light lunch and reception will follow at the church. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington
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