Reba Marie (Jay) Bradbury, 83

Reba Marie (Jay) Bradbury, 83, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Bishop Drumm Care Center, in Johnston, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at St. Therese Catholic Church, in Kansas City, MO. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow mass. Inturment will follow lunch at the Resurrection Cemetery, in Kansas City. Memorials may be directed to St. Therese Catholic Church Memorial Fund. The Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Reba was born Sept. 14, 1930 on a farm in rural Albion, IA to Ralph and Nora Elizabeth “Bessie” (Drew) Jay. The family moved to State Center in 1936. Reba attended State Center Community School graduating in 1948. She played basketball in high school and on a traveling team for a year after high school. She also attended Iowa State College for one year before entering a training program for flight attendants in Kansas City, MO. Upon completion of the program, she began a career as a flight attendant for Braniff International Airways that spanned 37 years. Through her work she traveled extensively and lived in the Fairfield, CA; Minneapolis, MN area; Dallas, TX area; and Kansas City, MO. While in California, Reba also served as a flight attendant on commercial planes that were used to fly U.S. military troops From Travis AFB into Vietnam. She later became a flight attendant supervisor, base instructor-manager and director of scheduling for Braniff overseeing all flight attendants.

Reba married Willard “Brad” Bradbury January 27, 1973 in State Center. The couple made their home in the Dallas and Kansas City area. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1996. Reba was an active member of St. Therese Catholic Church in retirement, overseeing the Helping Hands Program and also serving as a travel guide for several trips. She was a member of the St. Therese Altar & Rosary Society, Mission Sewing, VFW Post 7356 Auxiliary, Clip B’s-Dallas (former Braniff flight attendants) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Model T Club.

Reba is survived by her sister, Mary Goecke of Marshalltown; a sister-in-law, Mary Jay of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Howard; a sister, Ruth Ann Anderson and brother-in-law, Joel Anderson; a brother-in-law, Louis Goecke; and a niece, Pam Schau.