Estella (Sauceda) Bradley

estella (sauceda) bradley

June 29, 1950 ~ April 16, 2024

Born in: Benito, Texas
Resided in: Mills River, North Carolina

Estella (Sauceda) Bradley, 73, of Mills River, died Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

Born in Brownsville, TX, she was the wife of the late Gene Bradley, who died September 27, 2021. They had been married 38 years. She was the daughter of the late Gumecindo and Katherine (Fredericks) Sauceda. She was also preceded in death by her foster parents, Cleo and Nadeene Gray, a brother, Herschel Gray, and a sister, Teresa deJesus Pecina.

Estella was a member of Mills River Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons: Mark Bryson (Shannon) of Duncan, SC, Walter Bryson (Tanya) and Matt Bryson (Yvette), all of Hendersonville; four grandchildren: Taylor (Catie), Wyatt (Emma), Sirena, and Seth; three great-grandchildren: Clarke, Hollis, and Walker; and her sister and caregiver, Elizabeth Smith. She is also survived by four additional sisters, three brothers, and three foster siblings.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Pastor Ron Benzing officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Estella’s memory may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11 Pennsylvania Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


For those who wish to pay their respects: April 21, 2024 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room: Sanctuary

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Service: April 21, 2024 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Room: Sanctuary

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: April 21, 2024 4:00 pm

Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
9 Chapel Hill Road
Asheville, NC 28803


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  1. My thoughts and prayer to the family. Estella was such a wonderful and caring person to everyone she new and met. I am so blessed to have been part of her life and had her in mine. She was more than a friend to me she was family and I will miss her greatly. Estella I love you and more than you know and I will miss you greatly. I know you are home with the Lord and Gene now resting and out of pain. Until we met again.

  2. Estella was a true friend to us, always with a kind word and a smile, even with all of the pain she had to bear for the last few years. Our prayers are with Stella and her family during this time of grief. She is with Gene now who was also a special friend. Gene and Stella were always helping someone out and we will miss them.

  3. Dear Family, You all are in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you comfort during this time.

  4. Estelle and Gene were wonderful, caring people . Such people are rare to find . I know they are celebrating thier reunion in heaven. My prayers for the family.

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