Sheila Bradbury of Steelville, Missouri was born in Tacoma, Washington and passed away on August 24, 2022 at the age of 80 years and 2 months.
She enlisted in the Air Force and served as a Communications Officer at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado.
Sheila met William “Bill” Spurgeon while serving in the Air Force. She married Bill on October 9, 1961.
During that time, Sheila was facing a situation of grave danger and needed to be moved somewhere safe. The safest place Bill knew was Steelville, Missouri. The Air Force gave them both their honorable discharge at the same time so they could move to Steelville where Sheila could be shielded and kept safe.
Sheila adopted one daughter, Valerie Thomas, when Valerie was 22 days old.
She served in some capacity during her whole life in Steelville. She helped begin and operate the Steelville Ambulance for over 17 years. She was a Girl Scout Leader in Steelville for 23 years. She was a Chamber of Commerce Volunteer for several years. She helped start the Red Cross Chapter in Steelville and Volunteered many hours in that role.
Sheila advocated fiercely for people’s right to live independently in their homes. She served on the Board at Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence, DCAI, in Viburnum, Missouri for many years. She provided a safe space for victims of domestic violence until she could find them their own safe space in another place.
She started the Golden Girls Club in Steelville, Missouri for women who met monthly for lunch and supported each other. She was an Alderwoman, an occasional Volunteer Firefighter and serving in other roles too numerous to mention.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary White.
She is survived by one daughter, Valerie Thomas and husband Chip of Claremore, Oklahoma; cousin who was like a sister, Rebecca Anderson of Buckley, Washington; like a son, Armand Zefferi and wife Angie and their daughter Mya of Steelville, Missouri; three granddaughters, Jay Thomas of Cuba, Missouri and Leah Nevills and Rachel McCain of Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Ian and Brooklyn; best friends, Judy Adams of Steelville, Missouri, Pat Pullman of Lynnwood, Washington, Vickie Moss of Cuba, Missouri and “the Golden Girls of Steelville”; other relatives and friends.
Sheila donated her body to science as one last act of service. In lieu of a Memorial Service, she said for people to volunteer an hour of service to someone or some place in Steelville in her honor.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.