Barbara Jeanne Brady
Born: 5/28/1943, Salt Lake City, Utah
Barbara Jeanne Brady was born on May 28th, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Myrl (Adams) and Clarence Smith. Her father died when she was only four years old, and she was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Robert Duffy, along with her older brother, Del. On August 10th, 1961, she married Merrill Loren Brady and they started their family in Salt Lake City, with the birth of their son Merrill (Lynn) in 1963. They bought their first home after the birth of their daughter Justine in 1964, and shortly after their daughter Claudia was born in 1970, they moved to a beautiful home and neighborhood in Riverton, Utah. In 1978, she moved along with her family and some family friends to Castle Valley, falling in love with the valley as well as Moab, and they began construction on a new home. During this time, Barbara began the best working years of her life at Family Drug Center, owned and operated by Mike and Pat Gorman. They not only became her best friends, but family to her as well, naming her “Goofy Gorman” and giving her a place to work that never felt like a job. She loved the store, the snack bar where she mainly worked, and she loved the people that she saw every day. After her divorce in 1984, she moved to Moab and in January of 1987, became the manager of the Apache Motel, where she remained for 22 years. During those years, she formed many friendships with guests from all over the world. When she finally retired from her 16 hour a day manager job, she decided that she’d still like to work part-time, and joined the wonderful staff at Desert Dreams. She had just stopped working to fully enjoy retirement when she suffered a stroke on the morning of January 29th, 2018. The stroke was severe enough that it took away her speech and her movement of her left side. Her life was never the same, and yet she carried on with strength, grace, humor and so much love for everyone she met.
Barbara lived at the Canyonlands Care Center for the last few years of her life. She loved the CNAs that came into her life to help care for her, and the nurses as well. She loved the residents there, many of them having been her friends in the community before her stroke. She loved listening to rock and roll, watching old movies and enjoying a sweet treat of any kind. Many of the residents were kind enough to endure hours of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits, played at the dinner table and then watching his concert videos on the TV, as he has always been her favorite. As difficult as her life was day to day in the end, the CNAs and nurses at the Care Center made her life have as much quality and love as possible. They loved her, treated her like family, and cared for her every need. She was very much spoiled by them as much as by her family. As she was nearing her last days, we as her family were touched to see and feel how the staff grieved with us and cared for all of us. We cannot thank them enough.
Barbara always lived her life for others. Her life was her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Merrill (Roxie) Brady; Justine (Brent) Williams; Claudia (Christopher) Drake; grandsons Jordan (Rachel) Loveridge; Cole Brady; Cody Brady; Kory (Mercedes) Williams; granddaughters Rhiannon (Kidus) Legesse; Lauren Drake; Sarah (Jacoby) Wall; Christine Brady; Amber (Brandon) Wilde; and 13 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Barbara’s life is planned for 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 11th 2020, at the Spanish Trail Arena Pavilion located at 3641 South Highway 191 in Moab, Utah.
Tributes:Growing up, Barbara was like a second mother to me as I spent more time at her house then I did my own. She gave me my first job at the Apache and made it very clear that I was to report to her home at noon every day so that she could make me lunch. She called me her "little Chelsey" even as an adult. My heart breaks for her family as I know the void that her passing has left in their lives is going to be impossible to fill. My hope is that they will be comforted knowing that Barbara was so incredibly loved and her memory will live on in all of us who were lucky enough to have her in our lives. Even now, I can hear her laugh.
- Chelsey AxtellI am sad to hear that Barb is gone but from my point of view she's lucky. Being here in anything but excellent health is my idea of hell. I will always look back with good memories of the Apache and Barb. We had a lot of good gab sessions there and I hope to see her again the good lord willing. Have a long tall cool one for me,
- DorothyDear Lauren, Justine, Claudia and family: Your Mom was so loved by all of you. I first knew Barbara when she worked at the drug store and I worked for Dr. Munsey and I always thought she was a fun, classy, pretty lady. Then when my sister Hallie was at the care center I got to be around Barbara again, and I was able to give her a hug and call her "Petty Lady" She always loved her music and we all enjoyed it with her. I am sorry about your loss. I won't be able to attend her memorial Saturday because we have a family memorial the same morning. I will be thinking of you. Love
- InalynSending our condolences to Barbara's family. Your mom was such a kind and gracious lady. I know you shall carry her in your hearts forever. Justine and Claudia are well known to me and I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Linda Warner
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