Radio’s DeVona Bradley remembered, public invited to celebration of life

DeVona Johnson Bradley (center bottom) and her three daughters, (left to right) Michelle Carter Daniels, Shauntelle Carter McPhie, and Donnielle Carter, Christmas 2012, St. George, Utah, Dec. 25, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Donnielle Carter

ST- GEORGE – DeVona Johnson Bradley, the voice behind DeVona’s Health & Wellness Show that airs each Saturday morning on the radio, passed away Dec. 31, 2012, due to complications triggered by a blood clot induced by cardiac arrest.

“Here and there, now and then, God creates a giant among his children,” wrote Dr. Jack Stockwell, a friend of Bradley’s. “He did that with DeVona Johnson.”

DeVona Johnson Bradley at the mic i in Phoenix, 1995 | Photo courtesy of Donnielle Carter

Bradley, 71, was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Logan, Utah, to Grant and LaRue Johnson, and spent most of her life improving the life of others.

She struggled with health from an early age and began searching for alternatives when told at 40 that she had six months to live. This event led her to become a champion for health and natural healing, something with saved her life and countless others. It also led to hosting a health talk radio show for the past 27 years in various places including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, San Diego and Salt Lake City.

Most recently DeVona’s Health & Wellness Show has aired on the KZNU Fox News station here in St. George.

Quick witted and quick to laugh, her listeners often recognized her by her laugh alone.

“In one quick phrase, DeVona was a great big tiny bundle of joy,” said friend Brenda Rogers. “… She was the person you loved to run into while running errands. The person you loved to hug hello and hug goodbye after a quick catch up on everyday things.”

Bradly had a strong devotion and love of her family. Never a day went by that a family member didn’t hear her voice and her wisdom. She raised a generational family that is close, loving and loves being together, something that is a rarity in this world – just like her.

Donnielle Carter (left) and her mother, DeVona Johnson Bradley (right), location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of Donnielle Carter

“Mom was easily my best friend as well as a friend and confidant of all her children and grandchildren,” said Donnielle Carter, the youngest of Bradley’s five children. “Even her grandchildren called her regularly.”

She added: “…I take solace in that her radio show touched so much that I know her impact and legacy will always be felt.  The knowledge that she imparted not only to her family but also her listeners carries on and on.  That way she will live on this earth forever.”

Bradley is survived by her children: Randy Carter, Troy Carter, Michelle Carter Daniels, Shauntelle Carter McPhie, Donnielle Carter, her husband Paul R. Bradley, 18 grandchildren and countless family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ridge Pointe Homes Community Center, 1360 E. Telegraph St. in Washington, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

One of Bradley’s greatest joys was taking care of her grandchildren and other children she loved on LDS missions. So it is askd, in lieu of flowers or gifts please help Bradley’s family to continue her tradition of letting those who are away from their family know that they are loved.

You can make a donation at any Mountain America Credit Union to the DeVona Johnson Memorial Fund or donations will be accepted at her Celebration of Life or online at

Bradley may have been small in stature but her impact on people and the world was vast and never-ending. Thank you for the gift that your generosity continues to be.


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