Ojuida Bradford, 97, artist and supporter of the arts, passed away December 30, 2017 in Ashland, Oregon. She was an active member in the Mountain Meadows Retirement Community with her husband Larry. Larry preceded her in death in 2009. The couple came to Mountain Meadows in 1997, where they helped to organize the board of directors, started a book group, and became active in the Backdoor Club, a weekly social meeting featuring speakers. Ojuida joined Medford's Rogue Art Gallery. After the Mountain Meadows Clubhouse was built, she formed an art committee to further enhance the clubhouse interior. Art classes were started there as well.
Ojuida, an only child, was born in West Point, Mississippi. At age five, her parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where her interest in art and dance began. A graduate of Randolph Macon Women's College, in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1942, at the onset of WWII, she married Larry Bradford, a graduate of Washington and Lee University. They met in college on a blind date.
Ojuida and Larry were stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Indiana; and Kentucky. Lt. Bradford was sent to England in 1943. Ojuida returned to Memphis with their three-year-old son, Lawrence Ill, where she lived with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Walter W. Robinson. With the end of the war and Larry's return, the family traveled to his home, Cincinnati, Ohio. Two more children were born: Adelia Ann and Walter Robinson. Larry's business moved them to Denver, Colorado, and then to Walnut Creek, California. Ojuida taught in local elementary schools until their children entered college. She and Larry retired to their vacation home in Mendocino, Calif. where Ojuida joined the Mendocino Art Center as a volunteer. At a Cooperative Art Gallery, Ojuida showed and sold her artwork. She was also active in the longstanding Mendocino Study Club.
Services will be held February 9, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, Ore.; Providence Hospital Hospice, Medford, Ore.; or Mountain Meadows Library, Ashland, Ore.