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Barbara A. Roddy

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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.

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