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Nellie Valine Henderson Bly

Compiled by Della Annie Henderson Holladay

Nellie was born the 5th day of October 1919. She was born at the home of Sister Godfrey, in Taber, Alberta, Canada. She was the third child of Callie Haycock Henderson and Oswald Clayton Henderson. Nellie was born at Taber but her folks lived at Purple Springs. They lived three miles from town and travelled by horse and buggy.

When Nellie was two and a half years old her mother passed away and for a short time she and her brother stayed with her Grandmother and Grandfather Haycock in Idaho. Then her father brought her and her back to Canada. All four children, stayed with their Aunt Leona Henderson Bingham in Magrrath. Her father stayed in Purple Springs to do the farming.

Nellie started to school when six years of age. She received her schooling in Magrath, and attended school for twelve years. In the spring of 1925 when Nellie was five years old her father moved to Magrath. He rented a farm south west of Magrath. It was the Roy Coleman farm. He hired Mrs. Margaret McAdam as a housekeeper and lived on the farm with his children.

On March 3rd 1926 her father married Rosa Senn, and Nellie had a new mother.

On the 5th of June 1928 Nellie was baptized a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. She belonged to the Magrath 2nd Ward all her life. She attended Primary, Sunday School, Mutual and Sacrament Meetings regularly.

On 3rd of Nov. 1938 she married, Dale Clifford Bly, third son of Harry and Irene Bly. They were married in the Alberta Temple at Cardston. Except for a short time spent in Welling at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gunning, where Dale was employed, Nellie spent all her life in Magrath.

They had two children, a daughter born in Magrath at the home of Miss Pearl Heninger, and a son born in the old Magrath hospital.

Nellie served in the Presidency of the Primary and also worked in the Mutual. She was also a member of the choir. She had a lovely soprano voice and was active in musical departments of other organizations.

On 13 January 1950 Nellie passed away in the St. Michaels Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She had a Gall Bladder operation about the middle of November 1949. She never gained consciousness after the operation. She lived in this unconscious condition for eight weeks. She was buried on the 18 January 1950 in the Magrath Cemetery.

Nellie was a devoted wife and Mother. She had a very pleasant personality and was loved by all who knew her.

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