The Wenatchee World



The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast


Hi78° Mostly Sunny


Lo53° Mostly Clear


Hi78° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo52° Partly Cloudy


Hi77° Mostly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo49° Mostly Cloudy


Hi72° Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo46° Mostly Cloudy


Hi64° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo45° Slight Chance Showers

Barbara A. Roddy

Send to Kindle
Print This

photo Buy this photo

Barbara A. Roddy

September 6, 1929 ~ July 16, 2014

Barbara A. Roddy, 84, a Wenatchee, WA resident for over 30 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born on September 6, 1929, at Medford, OR to the late Leonard and Iris (Wendel) Poutre’. She was raised and received her education in Medford, OR. She met and was later married to David Roddy on July 16, 1945, at Lewiston, ID. They made their first home together in Lewiston, where David worked in the construction industry. In the late 1940’s, they moved to the Crescent Bar, where they farmed “Crescent Bar Orchard’s” and raised soft fruit for 30 years. They moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1977, and with the exception of a short time living at Hartline, they continued to make Wenatchee their home. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Roddy in April of 2002. She had since made her home in Wenatchee.

Barbara was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Attic Dusters Antique Club, Wenatchee Valley Doll Club and the Buds and Blossoms Square Dance Club. She had been known as the Grandmother of the Medford Pear Blossom Festival, since it was her idea after attending her first Apple Blossom Festival in the late 1940’s. She was the Grand Marshall of the Pear Blossom Festival in 2010. The best years of her life were while raising her children, after which she became involved in many activities and groups. She was energetic, was a jogger, started an aerobics exercise class at St. Joseph’s School, liked square dancing and clogging. She enjoyed collecting antiques and dolls.

She is survived by eight children, Tom Roddy of Astoria, OR, Phil (Julie) Roddy of Chelan, WA, Dan (MaryBeth) Roddy of Albany, OR, Aileen (Jim) Smith of Kennewick, WA, Rich Roddy of Anacortes, WA, Joe (Karen) Roddy of Kennewick, WA, Sara Roddy of Wenatchee and Jane (Tony) Patten of Shedd, OR; one sister, Delores Schwalb of Medford, OR; one brother, Roger (Mary) Poutre’ of Scottsdale, AZ; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Roddy; her parents; and two sisters, Phyllis Karry and Janet Morrison.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 625 Elliott, Wenatchee, with the Rev. Fr. Tom Kuykendall officiating. A Vigil Service will be held at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. and the Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friends who wish, may make memorial donations in her name to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, c/o St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. You are invited to view her tribute online at Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.

Questions about commenting? See our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy.

Comments Help

A few important points:

  • You must have a Disqus account to comment (your Wenatchee World login and Disqus login are completely separate)
  • You must provide your first and last name
  • Your comment must be civil

For more information see our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy