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Della Brads

Della Victoria Higgins Brads 95, of Germantown, Ohio died at home February 12, 2015.  She was born April 28, 1919 in Goshen, Virginia, the daughter of the late William Alexander and Cenie Pherletter Nicely Smith Higgins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Dr. C. Marvin Brads, half sisters, Mary Smith Morris, Nina Smith Bryant, Roberta (Bertie) Smith Waugh, Nora Smith Ratliff, Anna Lee Smith and Roxie Smith Lotts, brothers, John Smith and Lee Higgins.  Also preceding her in death are half siblings, Rosie, Dolly and Chalmer Higgins.

Mrs. Brads often shared her testimony of how she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of 13.  So we rest and rejoice in the assurance of her home in heaven.  What a reunion there must have been in Heaven with family, friends and loved ones.  While we knew her as a loving and caring mother and grandmother, she was most known in her community as the “preacher's wife” and she was the epitome of what that role entailed.  Many a young preachers' wives have shared that they modeled their actions by those of hers.  Mrs. Brads' love and care was extended to others as she provided child care in her home for close to 40 years.  The lives of nearly 2000 children and their parents were exposed to her special love and care and every one of them were told about her Friend and Savior, Jesus.

She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Willie Ward (Aunt Diddie) of Goshen, Virginia; five children, two daughters, Judy Higgans Brads of North Carolina and Zola R. Fisk of Hamilton, Ohio; three sons, Charles M., (Diane Burns) Brads of Virginia, Paul David (Diane Mohler) Brads of Georgia and Alvah Stephen (Vivian) Brads of North Carolina, eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.  The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Noel Watson and his wonderful staff for their loving care of our mother for many many years.  Thank you to the nurses and aides of Kettering Home Health Network and to the angels on earth from Hospice of Dayton for their kind considerate care of our precious mother and grandmother.  In addition special gratitude is extended to Carpenter’s House Baptist Church of Germantown, Ohio for all the special love and accommodations that have been given to our mother and to us, her family, after her passing.  Visitation will be at Arpp and Root Funeral Home, 29 North Main Street, Germantown, Ohio 45327, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 5-7 P.M.  Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. prior to the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Baptist-Middletown, 3023 North Union Road, Franklin, Ohio 45005, Dr. Max Fernandez, Pastor and Dr. Roger Green officiating.  A graveside service will follow at Germantown Memorial Cemetery, Germantown, Ohio.

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Dear Judy and family, Just wanted to let you know we love you and are praying for you. May God Bless you each with theGrace to get through the next few weeks. I am so thankful we got to meet your parents. They were such a blessing to us. I am so thankful you got to go and be with your mom and your sister.I know it was hard to be away from home but you will never regret it. You all are a great family.

Chris and Esther Kenney Feb 19 2015 12:00 AM

Judy, Paul David, Zola, Charlie and Alvah, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.We are blessed to have met your mother and to know all of you as well. May God give you comfort during the weeks ahead.

Bob and Wanda Mickles Feb 18 2015 12:00 AM

Zola, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It's so hard letting our parents go as it seems we never outgrow needing them, but just imagine her Heavenly reunion with your Daddy!My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming tough days ahead. Love you, Gretta

Gretta McWhorter Feb 18 2015 12:00 AM

Mrs. Brads was such a sweet lady . Our prayers are with you all .Love, Larry, Brenda Sheek & Josh

Larry & Brenda Sheek Feb 17 2015 12:00 AM

Zola, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.I know exactly what you are going through and I know it is the hardest thing in this life to endure. How wonderful that you were able to be there for her full time the past five years.Take comfort in knowing she is reunited with your father and she is no longer suffering.Love and Prayers!

Nancy Greene Feb 17 2015 12:00 AM

To Judy & siblings Your family was truly blessed in so many ways.Dr. & Mrs. Brads were true saints and displayed Gods love so abundantly.

Barbara & Jerry Comer Feb 16 2015 12:00 AM

May God keep you all in perfect peace through this time of grieving.

Kimberley Moton Feb 16 2015 12:00 AM

Judy and family, we are keeping you in our prayers. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person. Steve & Bobbie Hershey

Bobbie Hershey Feb 16 2015 12:00 AM

Judy, Zola, Charlie, Paul David and Alvah, We were blessed to meet and get to know your sweet mother in her visits to North Carolina.Our prayers, love and sympathy to each of you and your families during this difficult time.

Neil and Janice Spainhour Feb 16 2015 12:00 AM

Zola-I am so sorry to have heard about your Mother's passing.You had her a very long time.Enjoy all the memories - and I know there are a lot of them. Gail Bowman

Gail Bowman Feb 15 2015 12:00 AM

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