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:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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).