Verla D. Bly

June 1, 1922July 7, 2012

Bly, Verla Dietrich (Age 90) Passed away Saturday, July 7th at her home in Harrington, WA. She was born on June 1, 1922 in Davenport, WA to Arlina Rouse Dietrich and Arthur B. Dietrich. When she was 11 years old, Ted M. Manly became her stepfather. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1940 and attended WSC (now WSU) for 2 years. In 1942, she married her Davenport H.S. classmate, C. Wesley Bly. They made their home on a wheat, cattle and Belgian horse ranch outside of Harrington and raised two children, Beverly and Dennis. She was very involved in the day-to-day activities of the farm: bookkeeper, cook, pie baker and even wheat truck driver during harvest for many years. She became an accomplished piano player at a young age and was very involved as an accompanist for groups and individuals during her school years. She taught piano lessons and played for dances at the Harrington Golf Club and for a dance band in Yuma, AZ where they spent their later winters. She joined Eastern Star in 1950 and was past Worthy Matron. She was appointed and served as the Grand Organist of the Grand Chapter Order of Washington Eastern Star for 1978 - 1979. She was a member of the Harrington Community Congregational Church, Washington Association of Wheat Growers and Washington Association of Cattlemen. She was Lincoln County Multiple Sclerosis chairman for 10 years and member of the Inland Empire M.S. Board for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years and her brother Leland Dietrich. She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Jim) Williams, Spokane and her son Dennis (Susan) Bly, on the family farm in Harrington, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 half-sisters, foster son, Dick Peterson, brother-in-law Dale (Shirley) Bly and special companion, caregiver and former classmate Bill Livingston. Verla was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family and was always so proud of everyone’s accomplishments. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11am at the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. A private interment will precede the service at the Harrington Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Harrington Opera House. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Verla D. Bly

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Jayne (Ottmar) Beauchene

July 23, 2012

Dennis, Beverly and families. I was so sad to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a big part of our lives for those of us from Harrington, and esp. to our. She was always willing to play for any singing we did (even at class reunions). The last time I saw her was when the women's choral group I belong to came from Yakima, and we sang at the Opera House. I took a picture of her and several other "moms". Special lady and she will be missed by many !

barb hollis

July 15, 2012

Bev and Dennis - I am so very sorry for your loss! Dad just told me. Your mom was so dear to my heart. You were so lucky to have her in your life and your children had a wonderful grandmother! She has now joined Wes in heaven and will be watching over us forever. Love Barb Hollis (Norton)

July 13, 2012

July 12, 2012
Dennis and Bev. Sorry to hear about your loss. I have many memories of your Mom. Most of mine were of course around music. She always was willing to help me and accompany me. Last time was a number of years ago at the golf course. As other have said she will be missed, but most certainly all age groups in Harrington.
Sandy (Bramer) Rodgers, Spokane, WA.

Jerry Abbott

July 12, 2012

Bev, Dennis and families so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful woman. She will be missed but not forgotten.

Linda Paul Johnson

July 11, 2012

Dennis and Bev, Your mom was special---so vivacious, active, and friendly. She always had a smile and warm conversation for me when I would return to Harrington for the Fall Festival. I knew her when I was a kid as Dennis's classmate and thru Rainbow and church activities---I'm sorry for your loss...but glad that your mom had such a long full life.

July 11, 2012

Such a vivacious, active, and talented lady! She always had a smile on her face and a friendly greeting for me while I was a kid in Harrington and each time I would come home to the Fall Festival. I knew her by being a classmate of Dennis and in Rainbow with Beverly..and I always thought that she was special--someone who embraced life!

Colleen Oestreich-Eckart

July 11, 2012

To all of Verla's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember her and Wes from my childhood and they were both very good people. I graduated from Harrington in 1972. My thought and prayers are with all her family and friends.

July 11, 2012

Dear B ly, Family. We lost a very dear friend with Verla's passing. We will miss her terribly. Love, Ray and Alma Thiemens and family

July 10, 2012

Beverly,Dennis and families, Sorry for you loss. we shared a lot of memories, had many good times together. Love, Helen Schafer

Luanne Caylor

July 10, 2012

Dear Dennis and Beverly, Your Mom was such a joy and so talented. Sending you all our love. Luanne and Jim and Bob Timm