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Vyrel Yenzer Bradbury Nitcher

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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Vyrel Yenzer Bradbury Nitcher, 95, of rural Uniontown, Kan., died at her home Saturday morning, Aug. 2, 2008. She was born June 24, 1913, the daughter of Seward and Margaret Wilson Yenzer on the family farm at Saffordville, Kan. She graduated from Toledo Township High School with the class of 1931 and was honored as Salutatorian of her class.

She married William L. Bradbury on Sept. 9, 1933. They farmed near Saffordville until 1941. On March 15, 1941, they moved to a farm north of Uniontown, Kan. To this union were born seven sons and one daughter.

She is survived by six sons, Gerald Bradbury of Redfield, Kan., William Bradbury, of the state of Michigan, Michael Bradbury, of Fort Scott, Larry Bradbury, of Mansfield, Texas, Thomas Bradbury, of Uniontown, Kan., and Max Bradbury, of Fort Scott; a daughter, Margaret Epp, of Oxford, Kan.; a brother Mack Yenzer of Emporia, Kan.; 27 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Bradbury in December of 1967, a victim of emphysema, one son, Don Bradbury in May of 2001, a victim of cancer, a granddaughter, two grandsons, two great-granddaughters and her husband the Rev. Ray Nitcher in April of 1992.

As a member of Dry Ridge Baptist Church, she was active in the ABW work. She served as White Cross Chairman of the Dry Ridge ABW for many years, as President of the Grace Hill ABW Association, and as Literature Chairman of the ABW for the entire state of Kansas for two years. She was honored with two trips to the American Baptist Assembly in Green Lake, Wisconsin to attend the ABW Conference. In 1972 she went to the Holy Lands on a three week tour.

She was a prominent 4-H leader of the Jolly Rustlers 4-H Club for 18 years with specialized leadership in the areas of sewing and cooking. She was active on all church and community gatherings and a member of the Helping Hands Club and the Sunshine Club. She helped with the cancer drive for many years. She was a member of the Mary A. Hepler Chapter No. 434 of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving a Worthy Matron. During her lifetime, she served in all but two offices.

On Jan. 1, 1977, she married the the Rev. Ray Nitcher and moved to Iola, Kan. While there she worked in the Community Baptist Church for 12 years. They moved back to rural Redfield to retire in 1989. Ray died on April 15, 1992 at their home. Vyrel continued to live in her home at Uniontown near her children after his death.

The Rev. Lon Hale will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery. The Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to either the Dry Ridge Baptist Church or to cancer research, donations may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W, Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

From the family: Mom is survived by a host of relatives and friends. Because of her faithfulness and loyalty, our mother will be greatly missed by her family and those who called her friend. She was a very loving, caring, giving person. Her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was evident in everything she did. The salvation of her family and everyone she knew was the main goal of her life and the importance of that goal was noticeably dear to her heart. She walked with the Lord while she was living. And now our very dear mother shall be with HIM for eternity.