My Loving Mother, Monica Bradshaw

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Monica BradshawMonica Bradshaw, age 80, entered into eternal peace on February 27, 2016, with her loving daughters, Melanie Ramachandran and Paula Dhanda, at her bedside. Monica was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, to Naval Officer William and Annie Elizabeth Bradshaw. She was the third of nine children growing up in the era of World War II.

She married Dr. Sath Paul Dhanda while a student nurse in England, and had three lovely daughters – Melanie, Paula and Angeli. The family lived in India and England before moving to the USA in 1968. Monica went back to college while raising her family, and graduated with the Highest of Honors with her degree in Registered Nursing, Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Social Work. She worked as an RN and subsequently as a Psychiatric Social Worker in Syracuse, NY, before retiring to Lakeport, California.
Mrs. Bradshaw was an active member of the Lake County community and enjoyed her many organizations (Lakeport Women’s Civic Club, Senior Center, TOPS, and Red Hats) and all her wonderful friends. She was very physically active, walked everywhere and swam several times a week until her illness.
Monica is fondly remembered for her kindness, strength, intelligence, independence and strict moral compass. Her battle with ovarian cancer was hard-fought with strength, grace and dignity. Monica was a devoted mother and an exemplary role model. She was so very proud of her family.
She is survived by daughters, Melanie Ramachandran (Tarakad), and Paula Dhanda (John); grandchildren, Manoj (Sarika), Arun (Sari), Amber, Devan (Chelsey) and Jasmin; and great-grandchildren, Navya, Silas, Lola and Arjun. She also leaves behind in England, her brothers, David, Charles and Christopher, and sisters, Elizabeth and Edie, and their families. Monica was preceded in death by her former husband, Sath Paul Dhanda; her brothers, William and George Bradshaw; her sister, Brenda Collins; her dear daughter, Angeli Dems; and her most beloved grandson, John Paul Clarke.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at Buckingham Clubhouse, 5820 Eastlake Road, Kelseyville, CA. Donations in Monica’s memory, to support mothers worldwide, may be made to Worldwide Healing Hands, 5685 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451. For more information please contact Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357, or view Please share your memories by signing the guest book at

Published in Lake County Record-Bee on Mar. 2, 2016