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Mary Lou (Reffitt) Bradley

September 20, 1938 — April 23, 2022

Denver, Indiana

Mary Lou Bradley, 83, Denver, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne.

Born September 20, 1938, in Risner, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Clyde and Dorothy Ellen (Stephens) Reffitt.

On January 28, 1955, in Martin, Kentucky, she was married to Lee “Tavis” Bradley, and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2021.

Over the years, she had worked at many different jobs including Essex Wire and Bailey Furniture Co., finally retiring from Gallahan’s Truck Stop.  She loved spending time with her family, especially when they would all gather at her home for a meal.  She enjoyed quilting and spent many hours crafting and knitting keepsakes for others.  She had an excellent memory, which proved everybody else wrong on more than one occasion when the facts were actually looked up.  If you ever wanted to know anything, you called her!

Survivors include her children, Douglas (Debra) Bradley, Syracuse; Lisa (Ron) Simpson, Flat Gap, Kentucky; Connie Tyler, Peru; Lugina (Joe) Benner, Peru; fourteen grandchildren, Jason and Nicholas Bradley, Aaron and Jeremy Fox, Dalton Bradley, Amanda Hall, Mitch Stewart, Bambi Kowalenko, Jessica Monce, Jake Williams, Kayla Friend, Sherese Rizo, and Nick Benner and Taylee Benner; twenty-five great-grandchildren, with at least one more on the way; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Clifford James (Candy) Reffitt, Rochester; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Glenn Bradley and Mike Bradley; three brothers, Larry Dean Reffitt, Clyde Herschel Reffitt, Harold Reffitt, and J.T. Reffitt; one granddaughter, Kathy Whetstone; one grandson, Travis Stewart; and one son-in-law, John Tyler.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.  Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Friday, April 29, 2022

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