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Michael Bramham Memorial Information
 A memorial service for our dear friend, Michael D. Bramham, was held Sabbath, January 15, 2011 in the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A memorial fund has been set up for Sharee, Coby and Keaton and the unborn little one due in April. Three ways to donate:

1) Donations may given at Adventist Online Giving (mark your donation in the Memorial box) or sent to:
St. Helena SDA Church
1777 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
Memo: Memorial

2)  Use PayPal's secure donation button below.
     (Note: You do not have to be a PayPal member to use this service). 

3) Direct Deposit to the Bramham Family Trust fund at
    Wells Fargo Bank: Account # 362 413 1052

Thank you for helping.

December 31, 2010, Michael Bramham, beloved husband of Sharee Herman Bramham, and devoted, awesome father of Coby (3) and Keaton (1) and Baby due in the spring, died around 9 PM in a car accident on Silverado Trail just north of the Yountville Crossroad as the family traveled from Fremont.

Having spent a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, the Bramhams were full of activity celebrating the holiday while encompassing those around them with love, fun, and encouragement. The Napa Valley Register's January 1 brief account of the accident can be read here and the St. Helena Star's article from January 5 here.

The car crashed through a guardrail and their small SUV plummeted into the swollen creek below which was uncommonly high.  The creek bank is rocky and steep at that point, and the vehicle nose-dived, shattering the windows as it settled on its roof putting the occupants underwater, with the children partially under. Sharee was able to pull their sons from their carseats and secured them on the rocky banks where Coby held Keaton to keep him safe while she searched for her husband. She found Michael outside of the vehicle, being carried by the swiftly moving water, and administered CPR.

Michael was pronounced dead at the scene.  Sharee, Coby and Keaton were taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital where they were examined and treated for hypothermia, and Sharee for multiple cuts on her forehead. The little family was released around 3:00 AM, driven home by close friends. Though the children have medical insurance, Sharee and Michael did not.

January 1, 4:00 AM, Sharee wrote: Sharee, Michael and Coby Bramham as Mary, Joseph and Little Jesus

Please keep us in your prayers!!!! God is good and our trust is in Him. It is just really hard to think of the boys, baby and their growing up without their AWESOME DADDY! :(

As the sheriff and others have examined the accident site, all are amazed at the quick actions of this young wife and mother, which undoubtedly saved the lives of Coby and Keaton.

Sharee's faith in God is strong and she credits Him with saving her life and the lives of their sons. Michael and Sharee have been extremely active in their church and in the community. Michael owned and ran a successful business for several years in Napa Valley, MD Handyman Services.

Michael is also survived by his father, David, and sister Norma, and half-siblings Don, Roger, Joey and Bev. Michael's mother, Grace, passed away Thanksgiving Day 2003.  Michael also has a plethora of wonderful relatives and friends who will deeply, deeply miss him. Friends and family will be flying in from all over the world including Italy, Australia, and states from coast to coast to honor their dear friend, Michael D. Bramham.  Without doubt, Michael was loved and respected.

On January 15, over 600 friends and family attended the memorial service for Michael at the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Michael's father is a member of a men's quartet, and this group harmonized with a song of hope.  A slide show with sound clips of Michael and his sister, Norma, singing at ages three and four played, followed by other songs loved by Michael including "Healing Hand of God" and "Save a Place for Me." 

As Michael's young wife gave a life sketch, offering glimpses of who Michael was, her composure lent strength to the congregation. She told humorous anecdotes from his childhood, gave glimpses of his dedication of service to others, and when her prepared notes were finished, eloquently told of Michael's spiritual leadership in their home.  They knew each other fourteen wonderful years, eight and a half of which they were married.

Maranatha. Come soon, Lord Jesus!

Michael, Sharee and baby Coby   Michael and Keaton BramhamMichael, Keaton, Coby and Sharee with Keaton's first birthday cake

Song recorded and sent via YouTube for Uncle Micheal's service - Cameron Bowen.

Several friends of Sharee and Michael's have coordinated daily meals for the Bramham family from January through April, when the newest little Bramham baby is expected to be born. Sharee wrote this to the local churches and to Foothills school:

Thank you so much for your love,
support, and yummy meals you provided for our family
in March. It was nice to be able to visit with you when
you came over and to have that time (that I would
normally be fixing food) to accomplish tasks at hand.

With Much Love, Sharee, Coby & Keaton Bramham

    April 28, 2011 Update

Aubrielle Danieca Bramham was born today - on her due date! -
at 8:35 AM, weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long.
Absolutely Beautiful!!
A well-attended shower was given on May 17, 2011.  

Welcome, little one!!

January 2013 And so Time Marches On...

2012 saw many changes in the Bramham family. Sharee's father, Henry Herman, and her step-mother, Carol, moved to Redding, and the small home that Sharee and Michael lived in since their wedding day went up for sale along with the Herman property.  So far no buyers, however, ever-resourceful Sharee and the children resettled and are hosting a foreign exchange student to help with the increased rent. 

They read from Michael's Bible each night. Coby started kindergarten. The entire family continues to be a helpful and integral part of the church (she and Michael headed up the social committee, which she has generously chosen to take on again - Sharee's events are always some of the BEST!), schools,  and community, arranging social events and Sharee includes her children in creating positive atmospheres for those that surround them.  For Sharee's 35th birthday, she gathered friends to do dash around the community "committing 35 acts of kindness."  It was a hot July day, and many people enjoyed the free water, flowers, popcicles, visits, and baskets of food she prepared.  She continues to give glory and praise to the Lord for sustaining her little family.  Below: Coby, 5, Keaton, 3 and Aubrielle, 1 (each will turn the next age up by summer 2013). 

Lorie Henry-Castro
2011-01-03 12:00 AM

Although I have only met the Bramham family a few times as they are friends of my sister and her family, it was clear to see that they were a wonderful loving family. Michael was definately a loving and caring husband and father and he will definately be missed. God Bless the family and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Jeanne Faye Daves
2011-01-03 12:00 AM

Very well written. Sharee has integrity
and courage to write her honest heart.
The grief is beyond words. The Lord Jesus
loves her and all of us. Michael was a
very very loving man. Full of Jesus.
Our prayers and love will continue for
Sharee, the boys, friends/family

Doug Champaign
2011-01-03 12:00 AM

My Dear Sharee, I was utterly stunned to hear the tragic news of the loss of Michael, such an amazing man,father, husband and friend, You have all been in my and my families prayers and our thoughts since we first heard the news.. All I can say, is`Thank God it won't be long till we are all reunited in our eternal home with our beloved Saviour and Friend, Jesus.. Our only comfort and Hope... We Love you and are here for any need you may have.. Love Doug

Wendi Herman
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Thank you so much St Helena church for your love and support of Sharee and the boys in this unbelievably tough time... thanks for posting information here- it adds another source of information and pictures... and a symbol of love of an awesome church family- 'cause when you are on the otherside of the world and you can't be there right away, it is good to know they are being cared for and showered with love! Gary and I are arriving soon from Australia... Thanks once again for being such a wonderful support to our family! Wendi & Gary Herman

Diane Taylor
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Dearest Sharee,
I am overwhelmed with sadness for your loss. We did not learn of the accident until we got home from Loma Linda and Monterey for the Holidays.
I am there for you whenever you need a shoulder to cry on or someone just to hold you. I love you, Diane

Katie Hagele
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

We're so sorry for your loss. What a terrible tradgedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very difficult time. Hugs to you, Sharee and your children...

Rochelle Holman Boyl
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

In memory of MICHAEL BRAMHAM...Your smile, your thoughtfulness, your kindness, your hugs, your friendly support of others, those and many, many other attributes will be missed. The Lord had a plan for the rest of us in having you in our books of life. We are much richer having known you. You are asleep now and waiting for our Lord to wake you up and say, "son, come home!" Can't wait to be reunited in heaven. For now, rest my friend.

Sharee, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are loved by many and prayed for daily. The Lord said He would never leave us or forsake us. Hang on to that promise, my friend.

Cheryl Turner Bechard
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Sharee, Coby, Keaton and little baby inside. And the rest of Michael's family and friends. I am sending you warm thoughts and prayers.
What a great loss of such a wonderful person.
Sharee, I am so sorry that you will not get to continue to raise your children with your loving husband and awesome dad.

Erin Parker Wickliffe
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Michael, I was so blessed in this life to have you as my friend. You were light, joy, love, laughter, my adopted brother not by birth but chosen. This earth has lost so much but you are heaven's gain. Thank you for your beautiful spirit and example.
Sharee, Thank you for saving Coby and Keaton. God's strength was with you. May God's strength always be with you. I'm so thankful that Michael lives on through you and his beautiful children.
Michael, I can't wait to see you in heaven. It will be as if we were together just yesterday. You'll pick me up, swing me around with a bear hug that fills me with love, joy and energy. Until then be in peace.

Aimee Patterson
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Micheal and I served as Student Missionaries on the island of Palau in 93-94. He was one of the most genuine, caring, people I have ever known. He did everything with so much enthusiasm and people around him always knew how much he cared for them. I am thankful that I had him in my life during one of the most life changing years of my life. I know He will be missed but I am so thankful that He loved the Lord and will be reunited with His beautiful family very soon. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time.

Glynis Walsh
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

Please forgive the intrusion of a complete stranger, but I heard of your tragedy via Darren Hagen's Facebook page (they know my daughter and son in law, Sarah and Sal Gulotta). We live in New Zealand and I want you to know that I am in tears for you as I write. I have prayed for you all which seems such a small thing to do, yet is one of the best things as well. Your faith and trust in our loving Father stands out ..... hold onto that strongly. Look forward to the Reunion Day. I will be watching for you that day, and my tears will flow again as I see Michael's arms wrapped around his family, never to be parted again. Sending you warm hugs and fellowship from across the world.....

Erin Rodriguez
2011-01-04 12:00 AM

What I remember most about Michael is his very ready smile and upbeat attitude ... My prayers are with you, Sharee, and your darling boys. "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise..." 1 Thess. 5:16

Rendell Aldridge
2011-01-05 12:00 AM

Michael and I were both Student Missionaries on Palau in 93-94. We got to know him that year as a kind caring friend, who was always willing to share his food! Michael and I at first didn't get along until he had the wisdom to have me walk with him one evening. During that walk we laughed and cried like we were old friends. We ended up like brothers and I have so many memories of him. Especially the day he tried to help me water ski. I can still see him smiling and trying to help me learn how to water ski. He always had a positive outlook in life. I am thankful that he loved the Lord with all his heart and that we will see him soon when Jesus comes again. We all miss Michael and have been keeping his family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Jen Rosburg
2011-01-09 12:00 AM

Hello Sharee...
Remember me from the Wedding's by Darlene bridal faire days? I am so sorry to hear about this tragic event in your life. We send our love and prayers. I have an almost 1 year old daughter and a 1st grader son...I can only imagine how you must be doing and feel so much for you. My heart is with you. May you have a peace that passes all understanding through our Lord Jesus.

Love you, dear sister...

Jen Rosburg and Family (Steve, Joey and Katie)

Michael Jeffreys
2011-01-13 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow. Take comfort in knowing we will see Michael soon because our Lord is coming soon to take all home to be with Him. David I miss the old times back at Sebastopol SDA. We will sing again together in our Lords choir. Keep strong, Keep the faith, See you in Heaven.

Jan Bowen
2011-01-13 12:00 AM

Dear Sharee,
Because of your heroic actions on the night of the accident I know you will always have the strength and courage to raise three fine people, who will make the world a better place. Michael was truly a kind and unique young man and we all will miss him.

Theresea Jade
2011-01-14 12:00 AM

Sharee and Family,
We learned of your tragic accident through Norma a member of the Jewels of Beladi dance group.
We all want to extend our loving thoughts and prayers to Norma, Michaels sister, and to you Sharee and your children.
Love and Peace
Theresea Jade, Director of the Jewels

Alana Palter
2011-01-14 12:00 AM

I am so so sad and sorry for your loss!!! Mike I cannot believe this happened to you and am in compleat shock and feel empty in my heart for your wife and beautiful children you had to leave behind... Norma,I hope you remember me and your Dad. We used to attend Sabastopol sda and sometimes SR sda. I am truely sorry for your loss..It is just a matter of time before we are all together again in heaven with our Father God!!! But at the same time I just don't understand why these things have to happen to great people...

Bill Brown
2011-01-14 12:00 AM

It was a great shock to see what happened. I am comforted by your faith in God and know deep in my heart that you are all protected. I will lift you up in our prayers and financially support your family the best of my abilities. If there is anything I can do for your family in the future, please email me or call me at (707) 703-XXXX. It would be an honor to help you in any way, whether it is prayer, financial,help around your home,etc.. I just know that GOD is with you and will get you through this and any other things that life can throw at us. This is a part of my life ministering to others in need.

Pauline Davis
2011-08-10 8:31 PM

Stumbled upon your story while doing a research for my sermon on Sabbath. Dealing with the death of a loved one can be painful but because we have the blessed hope we have the strength to go one. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. God is certainly our refuge and strength... a present help in times of trouble.

You are an inspiration. Hope to meet you one day. If not here, then up yonder.

Pauline Davis- Jamaica W.I.

Manny Parras
2013-08-24 2:33 AM

I was shocked when I read this, Michael was a friend of mine from gymnastics at PUC 20 years ago. I lost touch with everyone up here when I moved to Los Angeles. I am visiting in the Fairfield area and this is my last weekend here before I go back to L.A. I wanted to visit the St. Helena church since I was at PUC & Elshaven church last weekend. I happen to be browsing the church website and I saw Michael's photo and the tragedy that happen. I'm very sorry for your lost and if I can be of help to you and your family, do not hesitate to contact me.


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