Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nora Ellen Rakestraw 1921-2009

Nora Ellen Rakestraw, 87, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Clear Springs, daughter of George Thomas Bradford and Maude Belle Combs. She and Otis John Rakestraw were married July 14,1941, at Ash Flat, Ark.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, talking on the CB and decorating wedding and birthday cakes. When she was younger, she painted and sketched. She enjoyed talking to friends and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Otis J. Rakestraw; an infant sister; a brother, Robert Eugene Bradford; and a twin sister, Lou Ella Sherrill.

Survivors include three brothers, Woodrow Bradford of Wilder, Idaho, Emmett Bradford of Summersville and Elmer Bradford of Elk Creek; a sister, May Linderer of Gravette, Ark.; two daughters, Melba Darlene Durnell and Nancy Charlene Piatt of Republic; two sons, Robby Ray Rakestraw of Willow Springs and John Carl Rakestraw of Shell Knob; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Monday, Aug. 3, at First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs with the Rev. Scott Williams officiating. Burial was in Clear Springs Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home.

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