“My Patty’s gone!”
Patricia Bradley (Doxey), age 83, of Lehi, Utah, passed away peacefully November 5, 2021.
Thelma Ford and Jack Doxey (both deceased) raised Pat and her 5 brothers Clark (Jocile), David (Carol), Jack (Conna), Robert (Myrle), Lee, and 1 sister Ann (Steve) Spencer in the Ogden area.
Pat married the love of her life Thomas W. Bradley (Bill) in 1966 and together they raised 6 great children: John (Kathleen) of Murray UT, Pamela (Anthony) LaPine of Los Gatos CA, Penne Jolley (deceased), Lori (Perry) Mathews of Bernice OK, Arthur (Suzanne) of West Valley City UT and Tom (Renee’) of Provo UT. Pat and Bill raised their children in the MiIlcreek area. Penne said of our parents, “They set our feet on paths of adventure, challenge, opportunity, knowledge, curiosity and understanding that shaped our lives and character.”
Mom always knew we could do more and she pushed us to do it, at the same time she was our fiercest defender.
Pat loved her 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren deeply and she thoroughly enjoyed talking and laughing with each one of them. Nana always had cookies to give the kids, even if they were slightly frozen. She also loved her many nieces and nephews.
On Pat’s last day of consciousness, she said individual goodbyes to each family member, she gave each of us a unique message. She also challenged each of us to do something specific to help us through this life. Not one time did she repeat her words of love or advice. Pat always looked at the individual, not the group. Her thoughts that last day were for those around her, not herself.
Pat worked for ZCMI for 25 years. She worked her way through various management positions and eventually retired as the Credit Office Manager for the Cottonwood store. Professionally Pat displayed honesty, dignity and willingness to work hard and get the job done, she led through example.
Pat and Bill lived a good life together. They faced adversities and challenges with dignity. They learned wisdom and perspective as they lived honorable good lives. They loved life and found adventure in so many ways, traveling through Europe, Alaska and the United States, riding bicycles together, going on cruises, they knew there was always something fun to do. They seemed to be attached at the hip.
If you saw Mom, Dad was never far behind. Dad would say of their love for each other, “Patty, we got it figured out.” No matter what may have gone wrong, they loved each other and that got them through everything. Mom said of Dad, “This great man saved my life 55 years ago. He has taken me on the most awesome adventures and has taught me so much, from how to work hard, fixing cars, building and construction, and far more.”
Pat and Bill moved to Lehi, where they found a wonderful ward and loving neighbors. Their next door neighbors, the Mitchell family, adopted them right away as their extra grandparents. Pat loved having more children and grandchildren. The Mitchells have been there whenever Pat or Bill needed anything. They are the kind of family you choose.
Pat loved animals. I don’t remember many years where there wasn’t at least one dog (usually a stray) in our home. At the time of her death she had two toy poodles, Gigi and Max. I think she loved her pets as much as she loved her children.
Grandma Pat became an avid Cross-fitter in her 70’s. It wasn’t uncommon for her to motivate the younger members by her determination and ability to finish each workout. She was fondly called Grandma Pat by everyone at Utah Valley Crossfit. Tom said, “Mom wasn’t afraid to try anything he, Josh and Mom did Murph together!” In case you’re wondering, Murph workout is a one-mile run, while wearing a 20-pound vest, plus 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and another one-mile run. “Mom was in BEAST mode.” Pat continued Crossfit into her 80’s until the pandemic made the gym close for a time.
Pat is an extremely social person. She loved people! So during the pandemic not being able to see her family and friends discouraged her. She eventually decided to change her perspective. Instead of focusing on herself, she would help others feel good. So any person she had contact with either on the phone or in person, she found a sincere compliment she could give them to help them feel good. I watched her do this with each nurse at the hospital. Even at the worst time for her, when she knew she was dying, she was looking outward to help others.
Pat loved The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she found opportunities to serve and share her many talents. She left this world knowing she was going into the arms of the Savior and she would see her daughter Penne, her Mom and Dad, and so many others that had gone before her. She left in peace.
Friends may visit with the family on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Chappell Valley Ward house, 600 South 500 West, Lehi, UT 84043.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Chappell Valley ward house at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Lehi City Cemetery in Lehi, UT.
Funeral Services under the direction of McDougal Funeral Home.
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