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Jessica Bradley, 19, was active in theater

Updated 10:04 pm, Friday, August 23, 2013
  • Jessica Bradley, 19, of New Milford died August 2013 Photo: Contributed Photo
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Jessica Dean Bradley, 19, daughter of Juliette Miller Bradley and Sean E. Bradley of New Milford, died unexpectedly Aug. 15.

She was born Oct. 3, 1993, at Danbury Hospital and grew up in New Milford. She was known for her blue eyes, long, golden hair and smile.

A 2011 graduate of New Milford High School, she was a friend to many and known for her musical theater talent.

She was also known for being full of life, and was bright, funny and caring, and had a spirit that touched many lives. She was creative, and when she walked into a room, one knew something fun would happen. Her laughter and sense of humor were infectious.

She performed in every stage production during high school, most notably as the Sour Kangaroo in the 2010 production of "Seussical the Musical" and as the Drowsy Chaperone in the 2011 production of "The Drowsy Chaperone."

She also appeared in several community theater productions, including "Rent" at TheatreWorks in New Milford and "GodSpell" at New Fairfield Congregational Church.

She worked hard at her craft and studied voice for many years with Pamela Hoffman Studios in Brookfield.

She loved spending time with her friends and family in the Candlewood Trails beach community in New Milford where she grew up.

She received her holy sacraments at St. John Episcopal Church and the First Congregational Church in New Milford.

She worked at Olive Garden in Danbury, Club 24 in Brookfield and Victoria Gentile Esq. in New Milford, and babysat for a little girl with whom she loved having tea parties.

She was enrolled full time at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, where she was pursuing a degree in creative writing.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Tyler B. Bradley, 15, of New Milford; her godparents, Ferne and Mark Capellaro, of Danbury; her aunt and uncle, John and Danielle Miller, of Danbury; her uncle, Rex Howard Bradley, of Dallas; her great-grandmother, "GG" Mary Baker, of Dallas; extended family in Fort Worth/Dallas; her cousins and "baby cousins" in Connecticut and Pittsburgh; her "pretend boyfriend" RJ Fuda; her dog, Penny; and her cat, Percy.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Bob Melvin and Cynthia Loyce Gibson Bradley, formerly of Ridgefield, and Grace Miller and Kenneth Miller, formerly of Danbury; her aunt, Susan Miller Laurenzano, formerly of Naugatuck; and her dog, Belle.

A church service and burial of ashes will take place at a later date.

Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jessica Bradley Memorial Fund c/o John Miller, 26 Mirijo Road, Danbury CT 06810, with all donations to benefit the NMHS theater department.