- Winona "Winnie" Edwina Bradbury, 93, but with her doctor's permission to say 94, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on June 23, 2017. She was born in Harrington on April 21, 1924 and was one of six daughters for Amos and Atholia (Fickett) Sprague. Winnie graduated salutatorian from Milbridge High School in 1942. Her quick and feisty nature earned her a reputation on the basketball court, and just days before her passing she shared her Milbridge spirit by teaching family members some of those special high school cheers.
Winnie will be remembered as a tiny woman with a larger than life personality. One never knew what to expect from this fun-loving resident of Main Street, Milbridge where she has lived since 1945. In 1943 Winnie married Paul Revere Bradbury. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage, and together they raised their 6 children. Ask any one of her children, her 13 grandchildren, or her 22 great grandchildren what words best describe her, and there is no doubt each would immediately say, "unconditional love for family, and the daily way in which she modeled how to truly live, laugh, and love."
Winnie devoted her life to raising her family, while always making time for extended family and friends. Whether it be enjoying a bowl of hearty soup at her kitchen table or having a snack and something cool to drink on the deck or in the barn, every person that entered the Bradbury home knew that in addition to food, Winnie would have one other important thing....time. She always made time to listen and time to talk.
For many years Winnie and Paul spent time at camp on Sugar Hill in Eastbrook. Here many family and friends celebrated the 4th with fireworks, drew water from the cold spring, picked blueberries, and most of all, learned an important life lesson from Winnie - that you are never too old to stand on your head, which she did frequently until she was at least 75. After her children were grown, Winnie enjoyed working along side her sister Sonja at Bud Millet's Store. Proudly receiving her 50 year pin, Winnie was a devoted member of The Eastern Star. Her love for life and laughter was often revealed by dressing up in costumes. Whether she was dressed in a square dance or saloon girl costume on a parade float, wearing one of her many tea hats, or "rigging up" on Halloween, Winnie's love for fun inspired others to join in. Holidays with her family were extra special and many can remember good times in "The Shop" on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Milbridge Days.
Winona is survived by her 2 sons, Wayne of Milbridge, and Donald and his wife Stacy of Milbridge; four daughters, Brenda Ellsmore and her husband, Richard of Northfield, Becky Small and her husband, Timmy, of Bangor, Paula Ray and her husband, Gary of Milbridge, and Jane Snider and her companion, Neil Bishop of Milbridge, 13 grandchildren, Troy and Ricky Ellsmore and Tracy Ellsmore Anderson, Ryan and Justin Small, Brittany, Jeremy, and Ben Ray, Jason and Sarah Snider, Candy Bradbury Tucker, and Daniel and Braydon Bradbury, 22 great-grandchildren Erika, Nicole, Megan, Brian, Maddie, Ian, Claire, Bayley, Tommy, Jo-Jo, Ting, Colby, Kennedy, Natalie, Caroline, Rozlyn, Caleb, Matthew, Abby, Liam, Naomi, and Kyrie. She is also survived by her sister, Maxine Pottle, of Surry, and many nieces and nephews. Winnie was predeceased by her husband Paul Bradbury, four sisters, Iona Higgins, Elaine "Nunnie" Sproul, Sonja Sawyer, and Delvine "Dellie" Haskell.
A Celebration of Life will be held July 15, 2017 at the Milbridge Elementary School at 2 pm. The family wishes to thank Dr. Aselton and staff at Milbridge Medical Center, Petit Manan Ambulance, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Hospice of Maine, and Narraguagus Bay Healthcare. Donations in Winona's memory may be made to Shriner's Hospital, Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or to Petit Manan Ambulance Corps PO Box 188 Milbridge, ME 04658.
Published on  June 26, 2017