Peggy Sue Galcatcher
Sequoyah Student 1934 ~ 1946
Cherokee, NC -- Peggy Sue Galcatcher Bradley (Seq. Class of 1946) , 78, left her earthly home at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2004, at the Tsali Care Center. She joins her beloved husband, Charles C. Bradley, who left this earth on Aug. 25, 2003, to reside evermore in their heavenly home.
Peggy was born on June 6, 1926, in Stilwell, Okla., to the late Lee and Leona Clowd Galcatcher. Peggy, who was an enrolled member of the Western Cherokee, was taken from her home in Stilwell at the age of seven, speaking only Cherokee, and sent to Sequoyah Boarding School in Tahlequah, Okla. She was schooled there through her senior year of high school and was the salutatorian of the Class of 1947.
Peggy was afforded the opportunity to further her education by the Indian Health Service for LPN training at Lawton Indian Hospital in Lawton, Okla. Peggy finished her training and was licensed as an LPN in 1947. The Indian Health Service placed Peggy at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Cherokee in 1947. Peggy was 21-years old when she left her friends and family in Oklahoma and rode a train to Whittier to start her job assignment at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. Peggy felt at home in Cherokee, especially speaking her native tongue of Cherokee to friends and patients she met. Peggy met and married the late Charles C. Bradley, enrolled Eastern Cherokee, on July 1, 1949.
In 1963 Peggy was given the opportunity to further her education again through the Indian Health Service and went to Albuquerque, N.M. to train as a Public Heath Nurse. Peggy worked as a Public Heath Nurse at Cherokee for the Public Heath Service until her retirement in 1979 after 30 years of service. Peggy always spoke fondly of her visits to the Qualla Boundary and the Snowbird community and enjoyed the opportunity to speak Cherokee.
Peggy and Charles enjoyed retirement together. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and wintered in Florida until 1996 when their health began to fail.
In addition to her husband and parents, Peggy was preceded in death by five brothers, Billy, Bob, Josh, Tom and Eucha Galcatcher; and two half-sisters, Sally and Minnie, all of Stilwell, Okla.
Peggy is survived by her four loving children, John L. Bradley, Charles Robert Bradley, Susie Haynes and her husband, Bill, and Mary L. Bradley, all of the Qualla community; three beautiful grandchildren whom she loved and who loved and adored her, Ashley Elizabeth Haynes, Amelia Saige Haynes and Kelly Lee Bradley; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of the life of Peggy Sue Galcatcher Bradley will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City. The Rev. Steve Phillipi will officiate and friends and family will speak. The Interment will be at Birdtown Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the home of the late Peggy and Charles Bradley at 534 Bob Hall Road (off Shoal Creek Road) in the Qualla community. At other times the family will be at the home of Bill and Susie Haynes, 656 Union Mill Road, in the Qualla community.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherokee United Methodist Church or to the Cherokee Tribal EMS.
Charles and Peggy at the 2003 Sequoyah Alumni Reunion
I don't know which son: Charles or John.