BRADFORD, Muriel Helen
July 17, 1916 – May 31, 2008
Born Muriel Helen Cope in Wolverhampton, England July 17, 1916, Muriel enjoyed life to the fullest every day. She had a ready wit and unfailing sense of fun, which saw her through times both good and bad – the war years in England, adjusting to a new life in Toronto in 1947 with her first husband, JW Scrivin, and his early death in 1953. She raised her two children, John and Helen, becoming a Social Worker to earn her living. For a few months she also worked in Bermuda before returning to marry Don Simkins, with whom she later traveled throughout Europe with his work. Eventually they settled in BC where she became a Kiwanis Club member and worked as a substitute teacher until Don’s death in 1990. Four years later she married Ken Bradford and about that time took up competitive swimming with the BC Seniors’ Games. Since then she has continued to make many friends in Pacific Carlton, Whitecliffe, Sunnyside Villa and in the Evergreen Baptist Home, where she received excellent loving care. Predeceased by her brother Geoff and mourned by his daughter Lynn (Louis), she will be missed by sisters Connie and Mabel (and John) and their families, daughter Helen McFadden, son John Scrivin (and Rhonda), grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many dear friends whom she would want to thank for their friendship over the years. Instead of sending flowers, why not do something to make someone else’s life a little brighter? Muriel would have liked that.