By Peter Jones
Littleton lost one of its longtime and most active residents July 13 when Mary Bradford died at age 85.
The civic activist, philanthropist and businesswoman had been involved in the city’s Western Welcome Week, served on numerous local boards and supported a host of nonprofit organizations, including Interfaith Community Services, the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Foundation, TLC Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, the Littleton Symphony and the Littleton-Bega Sister City Association, among others.
Bradford was also sometimes involved in city politics. Last year, she co-sponsored two successful city ballot initiatives to limit the City Council’s use of executive sessions and require super-majority approval of some zoning changes.
Born in South Bend, Ind., Bradford came to Littleton in 1959 with her first husband and their four children. She later married George “Brad” Bradford, founder of Littleton’s Bradford Auto Body and became involved in the family’s business, as well as various community activities.
Mary and Brad were once co-grand marshals of the Western Welcome Week parade. Her efforts eventually helped to instigate the 10-day event’s Great Western Sandwich Breakfast.
More recently, Bradford received the South Metro Denver Chamber’s Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year award.
The family suggested donations in Bradford’s name to Interfaith Community Services or TLC Meals on Wheels. Bradford is survived by five children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister.
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