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Ronna Jane (Earthman) Bradley

April 23, 1953 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Ronna Bradley Obituary

Ronna Jane Bradley passed away on February 2, 2024. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jay Bradley, son Judd Bradley, daughter-in-law Marie Bradley, grandson Aidan Bradley, sibling Mark Earthman, sister-in-law Janie Earthman, sibling Timothy Earthman, nephew Matthew Earthman, niece-in-law Natalie Earthman, great-niece Zoe Earthman, darling canine companion Daisy, and grumpy feline companion Emmett. Jane joins her beloved father and mother, Dale and Effie (Candy) Earthman in death.

Jane started life in Vernon, Texas. Her family moved to Cloudcroft, New Mexico where they ran the Cook Shack barbecue restaurant for many years and where she met Jay in 1970 and married him in 1971. In 1973, Jay took her to Isfahan, Iran for his work. Her experience in Iran instilled in her a desire to learn about the origins of world cultures, which led her to pursue archeology when she returned to the United States. Jane loved to read historical fiction and non-fiction. She was deeply loyal and immensely protective of all the people and animals in her life.

Jane was an accomplished archaeologist that specialized in the Mesoamerican shell trade. Her pioneering doctoral thesis was used to support the academic work of several archeologists, ultimately helping to substantiate the interconnectivity of indigenous societies ranging from the Pacific Northwest through Mexico, Central America, and into South America. It took many years for Jane to complete her doctorate degree, an experience that caused her to dedicate much of her life to the higher education of others. Known as Dr. Bradley in her professional life, she became the Associate Dean of Students at the Central New Mexico Community College where she encouraged others to pursue their own educational goals.

Donations in honor of Ronna Jane Earthman can be made to Joy Junction.

A Graveside Service for Ronna will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at the James Canyon Cemetery in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

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Ronna Bradley Graveside Service
February 8, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
James Canyon Cemetery
2538 US-82
Cloudcroft, NM 88317


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