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Lory Ruth Bradshaw

May 19, 1929 — January 22, 2024

On Monday, January 22, 2024, Dolores (Lory) Ruth Bradshaw passed away peacefully in her home, and returned to live with her Heavenly Father. Lory was a choice and beautiful spirit, who blessed the lives of all who came in contact with her. She will be greatly missed.

Lory was born on May 19, 1929 in Asbestos, Quebec, Canada to Thomas Napoleon Maynard Eugene Basterash, and Ethel Jane Olds. When Lory was 2 years old, her family moved to the twin port cities of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, where she grew up.

Lory was the 10th of 13 children in her family. She grew up in a warm and loving home. Music was a large part of her growing-up years as the family would gather around the piano and sing. There she learned to sing and to harmonize, which she used and greatly enjoyed the rest of her life. At the request of her mother, who was serving as PTA president, Lory remembers as a little girl, dressing up and singing “Alice Blue Gown” at a PTA meeting.

Lory and her siblings were all taught how to work hard. She recalls with fondness being “promoted” from cleaning the banister to cleaning the toilet.

With her father’s position in the community, they often had guests for dinner. Lory remembers that her father would call her mother just before dinner, and the children would be tasked with quickly changing out the tablecloth and tableware to accommodate and welcome their guests.

According to her younger sister, Karen, Lory was always the “Belle of the Ball”. Dressed in her peacock-blue velvet suit, with fair skin and dark hair, she caught the eye of everyone. As a young woman, she worked at Roths, a large department store in Superior. She participated in Fashion shows for the store and for Junior League in Superior.

One evening after a dance, Lory caught a ride home from a handsome, newly-returned serviceman—John Bradshaw. After a period of dating and courtship they fell in love and set their wedding date for September 1949. However, the course of events changed on June 5, 1949, when they were both involved in a head on collision that left John in a coma for 17 days, and Lory in a body cast for four months. Finally, after miraculously recovering from their injuries, they were happily married on December 17, 1949 at the Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church in Superior.

Johnnie and Lory made their home in the Duluth-Superior area. Although Lory was told she would most likely not be able to bear children because of the accident, she and John were blessed with two sons. John H. Bradshaw, III was born May 6, 1951, and Jeffrey F. Bradshaw on April 27, 1953. Lory affectionately called them “Chip” and “Skip”. Lory describes her young sons as being attentive, kind, and always a tremendous comfort to her. When a lightning storm would strike, she would close the curtains and sit down somewhat frightened. Her young boys would come to her, pat her knees, and tell her “It’s alright, Mama. Don’t be scared”.

The young family eventually moved out west to Visalia, CA, where John taught music in the schools. While living there, Lory became aware of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When she read a pamphlet containing Joseph Smith’s testimony, she knew she wanted to know more. After hearing the missionary lessons, Lory, John and their boys were baptized June of 1969. They were subsequently sealed on September 12, 1970 in the Los Angeles Temple.

Lory and John served faithfully in many callings throughout the years, including as ordinance workers in the Logan Temple. Lory spoke fondly of the dear friends they made while serving in the temple.

In 1977, John and Lory moved to Logan, Utah, and to Hyde Park in 1980 where they lived for 26 years.
Lori and John loved music, and brought beautiful music into their home. Lory always enjoyed singing in the ward choir, as well as supporting her husband as he directed and played in local bands.
In 2006, Lory and John relocated once more to Logan. It was here that Lory lost her beloved husband, Johnnie, on July 10, 2011.

Lory truly blessed the lives of all who knew her. She reached out in love to all who came into her home. She was generous in her heart, and gave freely to all. She ministered to friends, neighbors, loved ones, and even perfect strangers. She was known for sending doughnuts to the fire department and hospital emergency room personnel -- to thank them for “taking such good care of her”, or for sending boxes of chocolates on birthdays, or beautiful flowers with a get-well card. She loved sending poinsettias each Christmas to all her dear friends. She thought of everyone. And, of course, no one could ever leave her home without taking a bag of dark chocolate kisses with them.

Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend. We love you, Lory, and we will miss you dearly.

Lory is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Bradshaw, Jr.; her parents, Thomas and Ethel Basterash; many dear siblings; and daughter-in-law, Carol Bradshaw.

Survivors include: sister, Karen Jane Neuburger of Healdsburg, California; brother, Vernon Olds Basterash of Milan, Ohio; and sons, John Bradshaw of Fresno, California, and Jeff Bradshaw of Logan, Utah.

Lory wishes to thank “all her angels” in the Northwood and Hyde Park 2nd wards who have rendered countless hours of service in her behalf.
She also wishes thank Steve Lucherini and all the great staff at Deseret 1st Credit Union in helping her through the years.

Lastly, a special thank you to Monte and the wonderful aides from Primrose Home Health Care who took such good care of her for many years, and during the final stages of her life.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, January 29, 2024 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 162 East 400 North, Logan. A viewing will be held prior to the service at 10:30-11:30 am. Interment will follow the service at the Hyde Park City Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed at

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Monday, January 29, 2024

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Nelson Funeral Home - Logan

162 East 400 North, Logan, UT 84321

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