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Ovidia Brackney

Ovidia Brackney

Ovidia “Vidi” Elizabeth Brackney passed away at her home in Grass Valley Thursday, June 28, 2012. She was 92.

Memorial services for Ovidia Brackney will take place in October at Nevada City United Methodist Church.

Vidi was born Sept. 15, 1920, to William and Anna Webb in Kimball, Neb. Vidi was raised on a large farm where she developed her love of knowledge and a strong sense of independence.

She moved to town to attend high school and met her first love, Ralph Truex. Vidi and Ralph were married in January 1943, following his graduation from West Point, and Vidi began the wandering life of an Army wife. She moved more than 30 times in the next 20 years throughout the U.S., Japan and Germany.

Following Ralph’s death in January 1962, Vidi moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to be near her daughter, Kathryn. Here, Vidi began working in the office of the Methodist Church where she met the Rev. Eugene Brackney who became her husband in 1968.

Together, Gene and Vidi served in numerous parishes in California. Following Gene’s death in 1985, Vidi relocated to Grass Valley to be near her daughter, Kaären, and her granddaughters, Kimberly and Elizabyth. With Kaären’s death in 2005, Vidi focused her attention on her granddaughters and her active membership in the church community.

Vidi will be remembered by many for her kindness, love and strength.

Vidi is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Truex; her stepchildren, Ronald Brackney and Bronwen Webb; her son-in-law, John Hiscox; and her grandchildren, Elizabyth Hiscox and Kimberly Daggett.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vidi’s name may be made to Hospice of the Foothills.


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