Mildred Viola Bradstreet, 96: A life of ministry
BRUNSWICK — Mildred Viola Bradstreet, 96, died Feb. 6 at her home at Dionne Commons in Brunswick.
She was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Blaine, the daughter of Lyle and Annie Van Tassell Beals. She graduated from Aroostook Central Institute in 1935, and from Zion Bible Institute in 1938, earning a degree in Christian education.
She was married to the Rev. Hanford R. Bradstreet on Aug. 22, 1940, and together they worked side-by-side in evangelism and pastoral ministries in Bellows Falls, Vt., Brunswick, Manchester, N.H. and Exeter. After retiring on Maquoit Bay in 1982, they continued ministering in several capacities.
Bradstreet was a charter board member of Gospel Light Fellowship, West Bath, where she served in nursing home, day-care, and visitation outreaches.
She loved to sew and craft as well as making baby quilts for Parkview Hospital.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Otis and Eugene Beals; two sisters, Doris Terrell and Phyllis Beals; and a granddaughter, Darlene Rochelle Dutton.
She is survived by two daughters, Tavia Loree Dutton and husband Barry W. Dutton of Topsham, and Tonya Rochelle Bielak and husband Waldemar T. Bielak of Stroudsburg, Pa.; a sister, Juanita E. Rideout of Mars Hill; a sister-in-law, Dena Beals of North Oxford, Mass.; three grandchildren, Barry Dutton and wife Kathy, Tammy Sowers and husband Jack, and Lauren Smurda and husband Marcus Smurda; three great-grandchildren, Keagan, Maxwell and Reagan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life was held Sunday at Gospel Light Fellowship in Bath, with the Rev. Arden Cross and the Rev. Brenda Cross officiating. Interment will be in Maquoit Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Gospel Light Fellowship.