Lavada Casey, 1912-2019

Lavada Casey

Lavada Bly Casey passed away one month to the day of her 107th birthday, Thursday Oct. 3, 2019 at 1:10 p.m. at her residence in the Canyonlands Care Center. Death was incident to age.

She was born Nov. 3, 1912, the year the Titanic sank, in Jamestown, Arkansas to Zack and Rena (Quick) Bly. The oldest of 10 children, Lavada grew up in Jamestown and attended school through the 9th grade at the Breckenridge School in Jamestown.

Lavada Casey

She married Darrel Casey Jan. 1, 1937 in Clarksville, Arkansas. They had three children and lived the first part of their married life in Jamestown, where her husband was a coal miner and construction worker. They lived in several states until they settled in Moab, Utah, where they lived 60 years.

Lavada worked as a cook and manager of the school kitchen at both the South East Elementary and Helen M. Knight Elementary schools for 18 years. She learned to drive at age 65, so she could get herself to work, and she was baptized a member of the Community Baptist Church in 1961.

After the death of her children and husband, Lavada moved back to her hometown of Clarksville for about 12 years. She returned to Utah three years ago to be near her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by Barbara Bly Pharis (Johnnie, deceased), Jim Bly (Margie), Tom Bly (Barbara), daughter, Pat (Campbell) Hawks; daughter-in-law, Carol (Rogers) Freudiger; five granddaughters, Marcie Hawks (Kevin) Carter, Debi and Shelley Hawks, Michele Casey, and Amanda Flanigan; six great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and their spouses, Horace Bly (Ida), David Bly (Peggy), Bill Bly (Edyth), Bob Bly (Marty), husband, Darrel Casey; baby son, Jackie Lee Norris; daughter, Sue (Hawks); sons baby Casey and Ken Casey; two grandchildren, Troy Michael Casey, James Richard Casey; and a great-granddaughter, Katherine Casey Carter.

Grandma wanted to remember Bob and Yvonne Hawks (Yvonne deceased) and their children, who were like family and who helped and care for Buster and her after the loss of their children.

A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Spanish Valley Mortuary with the funeral service set for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at the Community Church of Moab.

The family would like to thank the Mary Martha Society and Pastor Keith of the Community Church of Moab. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.

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