Judith Bly

Jan. 28, 1939-July 5, 2017

Judith “Judy” M. Bly,

age 78, of Lignite, ND

passed away on July 5,

2017 at Trinity Hospital in

Minot.

Funeral services will be

11:00 A.M., Monday, July

10, 2017 at Christ Luth-

eran Church in Lignite

with Pastor Janet Gwin of-

ficiating. Burial will fol-

low at St. Mary’s Catholic

Cemetery in Lignite. Visi-

tation will be one hour be-

fore the service at the

church.

Judy was born January

28, 1939 to E. Julian and

Rubie (Brusven) Granrud.

She was raised on a farm

in Columbus ND, and at-

tended country school,

and later Columbus High

school. She worked as a

telephone operator in Por-

tal for a short time before

marrying Duane Bly on

Dec. 16, 1958.

Judy and Duane farmed

in the Lignite area for

years. Judy was an active

farmer – helping haul

grain, making parts runs

and tackling the book-

keeping. She often raised

a large vegetable garden

and enjoyed spending

holidays with her family.

Together Judy and Duane

had two children – Shawn

and Sharlene. Judy was

an accomplished cook

and especially liked to

make bread and caramel

rolls for family and

friends.

In the 1990s, Judy and

Duane started going to Ar-

izona for a few months in

the winter to enjoy friends

and sunshine, where they

liked to play cards, go to

flea markets and make

sightseeing trips around

the area. Judy looked for-

ward to playing cards

each week at the Senior

Center in Lignite – espe-

cially after the death of

Duane in 2009. She was

usually found sewing,

cooking or baking, work-

ing on the farm and

spending time with her

family. She enjoyed annu-

al trips with her sister and

daughter to Portland, Ore.

and other locations. Judy

was a member of Christ

Lutheran Church in Lig-

nite.

She is survived by: her

children – Shawn, Lignite,

and Sharlene (Mark Goka-

vi) of Miamisburg OH;

grandchildren Alicia Bly,

Bismarck; Tara Icopini,

Williston; Alex Bly and

Helen Gokavi;

great-grandchildren Kasen

Klocke and Kora Icopini;

sister Sandra (Steve)

Liskowich, Calgary, AB,

Canada; aunts Eunice

Macy, Vancouver WA,

and Gladys Brusven,

Fergus Falls MN; and

numerous nieces,

nephews, cousins and

friends.

She was preceded in

death by: her husband,

Duane Bly; brothers Keith

and Barry Granrud;

parents, E. Julian and Ru-

bie Granrud; grandson

Lawrence Thielen.

In lieu of flowers, dona-

tions can be made to the

Portal Ambulance fund or

St. Mary’s Cemetery fund.

Stakston-Martin Fun-

eral Home of Crosby, ND

is in charge of arrange-

ments.