Margaret Gwendolyn "Gwen" Greenlee Bradsher of Old Fort, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Rose Hill Retirement Community in Marion.
She was born July 20, 1926, to Thomas James Greenlee and Margaret Kern Greenlee at the W.H. Greenlee homeplace in McDowell County. She was the great-niece of Mary, Ruth and Nina Greenlee and the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of James Greenlee (American Revolution solider) and Mary McDowell Greenlee, and a former member of the Greenlee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Gwen grew up in McDowell County, graduated from Pleasant Gardens School, Maryville College and Kansas City General Hospital School of Medical Technology. On Sept. 2, 1951, she married Hugh Tate Bradsher and they had four daughters. In 1960 she began her career with NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, as a research assistant & certified microbiologist specialist for the National Institute of Health. In 1963 she began working as a med tech in the hospital's microbiology lab and as a clinical microbiology instructor at the hospital's School of Medical Technology. In 1993, after a 33 year career, she retired from NC Baptist Hospital and returned to McDowell County to fulfill her dream of restoring the original Greenlee homeplace Grove Hill. During these years she enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and growing blueberries. Some of the greatest pleasures during her retirement was her bridge club, her church and reconnecting with all her extended family and high school classmates.
She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Greenlee; and sister, Mary Jo Enloe.
She is survived by her daughters, Leslie Tate Bradsher of Old Fort, Carol Bradsher (George), Mary Tew (David), Nina Barker (Charlie); grandchildren, Adam and Christopher Tew, Ben and Thomas Barker; brothers, James K. Greenlee of Atlanta, Ga., and Harvey Daniel Greenlee of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews, Greenlee, Tate and Kern cousins; as well as her beloved friend and caregiver, Donna Gwaltney.
The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Donna Gwaltney, Brenda Freeman, the staff of Rose Hill Retirement Community and Hospice of Rutherford County, who lovingly cared for her during her final years and days.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m., at Siloam Presbyterian Church in Old Fort.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Siloam Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Rutherford County, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and www.gofundme.com/You-can-help-Caesar-Sant. Harwood Home for Funerals is serving the family, www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com.