Obituaries November 23, 2016

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Harley Sam Bly

Harley Sam Bly, 96, died in Newport on November 14, 2016.

He was born on September 6, 1920, in East Charleston, a son of Harley and Ethel (Holt) Bly.

He served in the United States Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and during that time was shot down and captured by the German Army and held prisoner for several months. The complete story is in the November, 2016, Vermont’s Northland Journal by Scott Wheeler.

Upon his return he married Muriel Webster on July 7, 1946. She predeceased him in 2004. Mr. Bly was a longtime installer and repairman for New England Telephone, from which he retired.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, woodworking, and the view of Lake Memphremagog from his and his wife’s home on Middle Street.

He is survived by his children: Robert Bly and his wife, Roxana Bailey, Tom Bly and his wife, Peggy, Linda Bly, and James Bly. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Max Bly, Jesse Bly, Hallie LaCroix and her husband, John, Jared Stevens, Samantha Smego, and Matthew LePore; and by his great-grandchildren, Kayden and Kyle LaCroix, Jalen and Kalli Rojas, Brianna Bly and Addison Smego.

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Joel, Edward, and Richard; and by his sister Alice Gonyaw.

Services and interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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Barbara Louise Frawley

Barbara Louise Frawley, 91, well known resident of Derby, died peacefully on November 15, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born on September 29, 1925, in Newport to Robert and Dorris (Davis) Kilborn. On September 29, 1951, she married Kenneth Frawley, who predeceased her on December 11, 1997.

Mrs. Frawley graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of arts degree in nursing. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She was an avid member of various friendly and community activities, including the After Five Club, Fortnightly Club, Board of Civil Authority, Gourmet Bridge Club, and regular Sunday night dinners with her friends.

Later in her life she opened a fabric shop in Derby called the Yankee Peddler, followed by her own antique store, Canterbury Antiques. Canterbury Antiques was run out of her home, which was built in 1800 — one of the very first houses built in Derby.

Some of her most memorable attributes her family will remember her by are walking her dogs on a daily basis, making sure nobody mowed the lawn besides herself (even up through her last days), and being a quintessential pillar for her community, family, and friends. She enjoyed being outdoors, bird watching, going on picnics, and taking ice cream road trips. Mrs. Frawley was also known for her ability to bounce back from adversities with a smile.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Gardyne and her husband, William, of Derby, Mary Jo Frawley of Huntington Beach, California, Sally Lafoe and her husband, Dave, of Norton, and Daniel Frawley and his wife, Michelle, of Derby; and by her grandchildren: Marin Gardyne, Danielle Altenburg and her husband, Paul, and Zack Frawley. She was predeceased by her sister Beverly Smith.

Funeral services were held on November 19 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass was celebrated. Spring interment will follow at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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Travis N. Gray

Travis N. Gray, 47, of St. Johnsbury, died at home on October 30, 2016, from Addison’s disease.

Mr. Gray was born in Newport on September 1, 1969, son to Niles O. Gray and Doreen M. Billig. He was educated in his early years in Island Pond, graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1987. He then attended and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, in 1991. He worked in fund-raising at Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, St. Michael’s College, and finally at the University of Hawaii. His last work title was senior director of annual programs and community colleges.

He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, for 13 years. He served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. As Mr. Gray’s health began to fail he moved back home to live with his mother the last 16 months of his life.

He is survived by his loving mother, Doreen Billig, of St. Johnsbury; his brother Paul G. Gray, his wife, Kathy, and their children: Allison, Sam, and Luke, all of Island Pond; his stepbrother Kurt Billig, his wife, Elke, and their children: Jasper and Kaiya all of Montreal, Quebec; and a special companion, Jan Orque, of Honolulu.

Mr. Gray was predeceased by his father, Niles O. Gray, in 2013; his stepfather Michael Billig in 2012; and his sister Wendy Gray in 1987.

A memorial service was celebrated on November 12 at the United Community Church in St. Johnsbury with the Reverend Ann Hockridge officiating. Burial will be private at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wendy Gray and Travis Gray Scholarship Fund, care of St. Johnsbury Academy Alumni Association, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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Mabel Irene Webb

Mabel Irene Webb, 74, of Newport, died at her home on November 19, 2016.

She was born on August 4, 1942, in Holland, to Gerald and Ruby (Woodard) Cole.

Ms. Webb enjoyed hanging out at Maplefields, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Gary Cole of Irasburg and Donna Rowe of Newport; and by her daughter-in-law Rhonda Cole of Newport. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chantelle Cole, Cienna Cole, Josh Cole, Brooke Cole, Jeremy Rowe, and Jessica Rowe; by her brother Donald Cole; and by her sister Kathleen Cole, both of Newport; by a special nephew who stayed with her until the time of her death, Albert Cole; and by her other nieces and nephews: Allison Robishaw, Samantha Hadley, Robbie and Linda Cole, Corey and Colleen Cole, and Travis Cole.

She was predeceased by her grandson Cody Cole in 2012; and by her brother David Cole in 1990.

A visiting hour will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 10 a.m., at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg. A service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Scott Libby officiating.

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