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Merinda Marie Bradshaw

February 5, 1970 - July 28, 2014
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Merinda Marie Bradshaw was born on February 5, 1970 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach. First child of William "Bill" Bradshaw and Michelle Zigan-Bradshaw. She is survived by her Mother Mihelle, her brother William David Bradshaw Jr. and Amie Lynn Hall. She attended kindergarten through fourth grade at Gomper's Elementary School. While she attended, she was active on student council. After fourth grade, she transferred to St. Pancratius Grammar School in Lakewood. She was also involved in student council and sports. Shen attended St. Joseph's School in Lakewood, California where she was once again very active in student...
Merinda Marie Bradshaw was born on February 5, 1970 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach. First child of William "Bill" Bradshaw and Michelle Zigan-Bradshaw. She is survived by her Mother Mihelle, her brother William David Bradshaw Jr. and Amie Lynn Hall. She attended kindergarten through fourth grade at Gomper's Elementary School. While she attended, she was active on student council. After fourth grade, she transferred to St. Pancratius Grammar School in Lakewood. She was also involved in student council and sports. Shen attended St. Joseph's School in Lakewood, California where she was once again very active in student council and sports which included playing with Lisa Fernandez, the Olympic Gold Medalist in Softball. She was also on the Flag Team her senior year for St. John Bosco High School. Finding out she was with child and all alone, she chose life for her baby and decided to raise the child with the support of a loving family. She got her first job at 16 at a McDonald's in Lakewood as a french fry cook. She quickly ran through the ranks going from swing manager to assistant store manager and then supervisor. In a very unusual move at that time, she transitioned into McDonald's Corporation. She started her brilliant career at the corporate level as a training consultant where she made a huge impact with her passion for excellence and always superior customer service. She then moved up to Business Consultant where she advised business owners on how to get the most profit out of their stores and pass the most rigorous restaurant inspections. Her final move was to Human Resources Consultant at McDonald's Corporation in Long Beach where she stayed until she got too sick to work. On May 26, 2011, she received her 25-year anniversary award from a grateful McDonald's Corporation. Her dream was to be a professor at Hamburger University in Chicago. She also wanted to travel and help open up new restaurants. Her ultimate dream though was to open her own personal McDonald's restaurant and force her family into servitude. The ultimate love of her life was her daughter Alexxis Rochelle Bradshaw. She was very involved in Alex's activities which mostly included gymnastics where she spent hours writing letters for the raffles to raise thousands of dollars so her daughter could continue to succeed in the sport. She never missed a competition and was always her number one supporter. They weren't just Mom and daughter, but they were also best friends that shared everything with each other. She loved decorating for all the holidays, but especially Halloween and Christmas. One of her many hidden talents was her ability to walk into any room and make it look like it was out of a magazine. She was an amazing sister to Dave and Amie and loved her nieces Holly Madrid and Brooke and Bailey Allen. She threw the best birthday parties and gave the most imaginative and personable gifts. She unfortunately never had a chance to meet her new nephew Nathan and her great nephew Rowan, though she would have showered them in gifts and love. She missed her Daddy very much, but is now reunited in Heaven where they are probably cracking jokes left and right. As she struggled with her illness during the five years, one of her most loyal companions was her dog, Ginger. They became extremely attached and she spoiled that dog as if it were her second child. Ginger helped her get through her roughest days and always showered her with love. Another hobby she grew to love during her fight was gardening and just like everything else, she mastered her new passion. She was one of very few that found the blessing in cancer. She used her sickness to rebuild relationships with family and friends. No matter how bad she felt, she still kept a smile on her face for everyone and remained in great moods. She was a truly remarkable individual that will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
"Enjoy the LITTLE things in life for one day you will realize they were the BIG things."

"I'm a friend of Merinda's brother, Dave. When she was in high school she got a part-time job at McDonalds, and from there worked her way up to a corporate..." R Y (Gardena, CA)

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