She was born in 1920, in Brazil, to Marion D. Carpenter and Jessie Decker Carpenter.
In Brazil, she often sang with (The Tri-Tones) with Virginia Orman and Ruth Warrick.
She received a Bachelors degree in art from Indiana State University, a Bachelors degree in music from Indiana University, and a Masters degree in Music Education from Florida State University.
She was a public school music teacher in Orlando for 20 years.
Virginia often sang as a soloist for church choirs and in opera performances.
She directed church choirs in several locations as she traveled with her military husband. She also taught at Valencia Community College, Orlando, Fla., and Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Virginia was a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), served as Elder, and later Elder Emeritus, at the Pershing Avenue Christian Church (Disciple of Christ), Orlando, Fla.
She joined First Christian (Disciples of Christ), Madisonville, Ky., in 2001, where she and her husband were members of the Dempsey Circle and she belonged to the Martha Cayce Christian Women's Fellowship Circle.
Virginia played in the Handbell Choir and sang in the Chancel Choir. In 2010, she joined First Christian Church, Hopkinsville.
Virginia was a member of the Madisonville Prosidy Club, the Madisonville Community Chorus, and a volunteer at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Lt. Col. Jack E. Bradbury, Hopkinsville, a son and daughter-in-law Jay Michael and Katherine Hart Bradbury, Norcross, Ga., a daughter and son-in-law Cheryl Bradbury Steiner and C. Thomas Steiner, Hopkinsville, a brother and sister-in-law Robert E. and Zoe Shriner Carpenter, Battle Creek, Mich., grandchildren Elizabeth Bradbury Colamarino, Aaron Thomas Steiner, Susan Bradbury Kiechel, and Jennifer Steiner Maddux, and great-grandchildren Arnold Joseph Colamarino, Christian Lee, Joshua Alexander and Susan Sloan Kiechel, and Anna Bradbury, Charles Thomas and Solomon English Maddux.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2011, at Cornell Chapel, Christian Care Communities, 2310 Faulkner Dr., Hopkinsville, Ky., with the Rev. Don McLaughlin and Chaplains Joby Brown and Martha Rucker officiating.
Graveside services will be noon at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Visitation will be at Cornell Chapel, from 9 a.m., until the service hour Friday.
Hughart and Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Jack E. and Virginia Carpenter Bradbury Fine Arts Scholarship, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, or the Alzheimer's Association -- Southern Indiana Chapter, 3703 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, Ky., 40220-1330.