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


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


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


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-


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


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-