Ardell Fry

Nov. 20, 1931-Jan. 26, 2021

Ardell Fry, 89, Velva,

passed away on Tuesday,

January 26th at Souris

Valley Care Center.

Ardell was born No-

vember 20, 1931, the

daughter of Ralph and

Tina (Torgrimson) Covell

at the family farm in

Granville. She was raised

and educated in Gran-

ville, graduating in the

class of 1950. While in

high school, she worked

at the local cafe and bank.

After high school, Ar-

dell attended college in

Minot, then taught at a

country school. Ardell

Covell married Edson Fry

on April 2, 1953, in

Parshall, ND. From this

union five daughters were

born. Ardell worked at the

Velva Public School as a

cook for 24 years before

retiring in 1996.

Ardell was a member of

the American Legion Aux-

iliary, was a Girl Scout

Leader, and member of

the Senior Citizens. She

enjoyed playing cards,

bowling, camping, and

bird watching. She en-

joyed attending her

daughters’ school events.

She especially enjoyed

spending time and visit-

ing with all her grandchil-dren and great grandchil-


Ardell is survived by:

daughters, Cheryl (Bruce)

Bearman, Troutdale, OR,

Barb (David) Legg, Velva,

ND, Linda (David) Ander-

son, Laguna Niguel, CA,

Karen (Bryan) Tomlinson,

Harlowton, MT, and Den-

ise (Greg) Boyce, Willis-

ton, ND; grandchildren,

Nick and Josh Bearman,

Travis and Nikki Legg,

Eric and Kaitlin Ander-

son, Jacob and Zachary

Tomlinson, Tina and Amy


great-grandchildren, Dae-

jon Moore, Denisha

Bachmeier, Isaiah, Luis

and Issac Benitez, and

Boston Tomlinson;

brother-in-law Gordon

Fry, Minneapolis, MN;

sister-in-law Virginia

Feist, Velva, ND; and

numerous nieces and


Ardell was preceded in

death by: her husband,

Edson; her parents; broth-

ers, Marlyn, Casper and

Robert; and a sister,


A graveside ceremony

will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to sign the

online register and share

memories may access the

online obituaries section

at www.thompson