Lois Anna Broady
Born April 14, 1915 in Long Beach, Lois Anna (Smith) Broady died Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 98 and had lived in Big Pine for 87 years.
Her father, Frank W. “Skeet” Smith, brought his family to Big Pine in 1926, where they happily fell into the country life of the Owens Valley. His wife, Lois Wells Smith, nurtured Lois and her sisters Eleanor and Dorothy into homemaking, gardening, art, music, community service and other talents like fishing, at which Lois excelled nearly her entire life.
“Skeet” was a well-known mechanic, machinist and inventor of mining equipment who located his highway repair garage at what later became Lund’s boat repair and after that Horton Brother’s painting on south Main Street. He relocated to what later became the Big Pine Fire Dept. Station and eventually settled his shop at the rear of the Big Pine Trucking facility, all on north Main Street, next to which was their residence, an old home rented from LADWP.
Following graduation, at which she was valedictorian, Lois met her future husband, James Hudson “HUD” Broady, from Indiana, at a dance at Keough’s Hot Springs. Together they eventually boosted Big Pine’s population with three offspring, Jerry, Joy and Jim.
The family lived in Indiana, Oregon, Nevada and southern California, where Lois was a “Rosie the Riveter” and Hud worked in mining, welding, mechanics and heavy equipment operation until their return to Big Pine.
Lois worked for many years as a nurse’s aide at the “county farm” (Inyo County Sanatorium) as a staffer at Big Pine School’s cafeteria, ran the Senior Lunch Program, was a member of several Eastern Sierra churches and the Big Pine Civic Club.
She was preceded in death by father, “Skeet” Smith; mother, Lois Wells Smith; husband, James H. Broady Sr.; sisters, Eleanor Smith Ludwick and Dorothy Smith Bright; daughter, Joy Anne Schoradt; nephew, Joe Thatcher Bright; and great-grandson, Kelly Hudson Broady.
Survivors include sons, Jerry W. Broady (Betty) of Ridgecrest and James H. Broady Jr. (Susan) of Independence; granddaughter, Ashley Anne Keefe, and grandson Andrew Hudson Broady (Janette), both of Independence; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Angelina Keefe and Oliver Hudson Emory Broady; nephews, Everd “Buzz” (Ione) McCain of Susanville and Rod (Mary) Bright of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and niece, Lois “Cookie” Ludwick of Oklahoma. Other grandchildren include Scott and David Broady of California and Michael Broady of Hawaii, Cindy and Bruce of California and Robin of Colorado. Also, grand-nephews locally are John and Dan Bright.
Honoring her wishes, no church or graveside services have been planned.
Those wishing to honor her may donate to the Big Pine Civic Club, Big Pine Fire Dept., or the charity of choice.
Interment of ashes will be at the Big Pine Cemetery.