Melinda Bracy

Melinda Bracy

August 22, 1941 - November 12, 2019
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It is an unseasonably cold November night as I think about the events of the previous day and of the previous week. My family is asleep, as it is the morning of the next day. I feel compelled to write for some reason; I never thought about writing an obituary, let alone my Mother’s.

On November 12, 2019, my remarkable Mother, Melinda Louise Bracy, 78, of Hot Springs, formerly of Pine Bluff, followed the love of her life, Calvin McRae Bracy, up the beautiful stairway to heaven where her oldest son, Calvin McRae Bracy, Jr., awaited to truly rejoice in the love that we have always shared as a family. She grew up in Little Rock, AR. She attended University of Arkansas along with my Dad. She lived in Pine Bluff most of her life. Preparing to enjoy the later phase of her life in a new city with her beautiful grandchildren, her selfless, overbearing, and unbridled years of loving and living proved too much and her heart was broken two times too many. I worried. She would not have loved or be loved any other way.

“Mono,” as she is affectionately referred to by her grandchildren, is survived by her son, Brian Keith Bracy and his wife Chauna Kirkpatrick Bracy; their children, Hudson Claire Bracy, Wells McRae Bracy, and Jed Anderson Bracy, all of Fayetteville, AR, (all of whom she was incomprehensibly proud); her sister, Susan Page Mitchell and her husband, Phil Ray Mitchell; their daughter, Amanda Mitchell Chaney and her husband David Chaney; and their son Derek Mitchell Chaney, all of Euless, TX; and her beloved dog, Snookie. There are countless friends and acquaintances that will feel a terrible void without her quick wit, loud laughter, and unselfish opinions.

If you are reading this, you are probably aware of my Father’s death, Calvin McRae Bracy, eight days prior. We were deeply moved by the outpouring of love for him. He is the greatest man I will ever know. For every great man or woman in the world there has to absolutely be a source, a spark. The source has to be constant and unwavering. It can’t come and go or take a day off. She has to be steady and consistent and the more intense and passionate, the better. I liked it, my Dad probably not as much; obviously enough or more than I realized. I cannot think of my Mother in any other manner. She was an anchor, our center of gravity. She encompassed a certain passion and fire that inspired to push beyond expectations. For her, family was her focal point. For her, family was it; and she did not care about anything else other than our well-being. There is nothing that she would not have done for us, no barrier, no obstacle that she would not have grappled. There is absolutely no question that we would not have gotten where we are without our truly remarkable Mom, Wife, Sister, Grandma, Friend. She is, indeed, the most accomplished lady I have ever known, and was a gift from God.

It is cold outside, but I feel a sense of warmth and revel in the zeal when I take stock of what Mom got to see and the legacy that she leaves. Her manner of death was a testament to her “all out” intense love. She was scared. I worried. I knew what she wanted, but I think maybe God felt that she should be with my Dad. Maybe in way a reward, knowing that, through her, we that are left behind will be fine and flourish. She will be missed. She will be missed more than she will ever know, but I think she knew the impact she made. She was truly remarkable.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR. The family will receive friends after the service.

Memorials may be made to City of Hot Springs Animal Services, 319 Davidson Drive, Hot Springs, AR 71901.

Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson & Son of Pine Bluff.
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    Saturday, November 16, 2019 |
    Saturday, November 16, 2019
    Ruebel Funeral Home
    6313 West Markham Street
    LITTLE ROCK, AR 72205
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    Visitation will follow the service.
  • Service

    Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:00pm
    Ruebel Funeral Home
    6313 West Markham Street
    LITTLE ROCK, AR 72205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 03:56pm
Ms. Bracy was one of the sweetest, funniest ladies I have ever known. So many wonderful memories of her and the entire Bracy family from our days in Pine Bluff which - of all the hometowns I've had in Arkansas - is the one with the most life-long friends and greatest of memories. Dr. and Mrs. Bracy's was one of those classic love stories. They will be missed by all of us, especially by Brian and all their family...but they are back together now. God bless, and thoughts and prayers for comfort, acceptance, and happiness to Brian and all the Bracy family. Dr. and Mrs. Bracy's love and legacy lives on in Brian, and all the lives they both touched through their lives so very well lived...

Ellen and Bill Nuckolls

Posted at 05:26pm
Brian, what a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your mother, which I hope brings the kind of comfort to you and your family that it does to all of us who read it. I can't imagine the shock of dealing with the loss of both parents so close together. Both your parents meant a great deal to Bill and me, as professional colleagues and personal friends You and your family have our deepest sympathy and earnest prayers for comfort and peace in your hearts. With love and fond remembrances of sweet and fun times together, Ellen and Bill Nuckolls

Susan Mitchell

Posted at 10:45am
Melinda was my sister. I loved her so much. Yes we had our ups and down but always ended up happy again. After Calvin passed I knew she was lost scared worried and had no idea what to do. I had had neck surgery and no way I could get there to help her. I tried to tell her to hang on but guess it was all to much living in that big house alone. I dearly loved my sister and will miss her everyday. I wish I could have been there with her. I love you Melinda


Don Lum

Posted at 10:14pm

We are in a state of shock to hear about your mother. Melinda was such a kind and outgoing soul and we will all miss her her smile and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you and your family.

Don and Gwen Lum

Pam Stone Ratliff

Posted at 06:17pm
Brian...special thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Both your parents meant a lot to me personally and to our family during the years you and Stacy and others were growing up. The obituary you wrote for your Mom was certainly a tribute she would be proud of. God's love and grace to your family. Love=Pam, Stacy and Whitney Ratliff (Joe's girls)

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