Vada Belle Bledsoe

November 5, 1920 - May 17, 2011

Vada Belle Bledsoe, 90, of Underwood, Wash., died of congestive heart failure May 17, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. She was born Nov. 5, 1920, in Gail, Texas, to Alex O. and Belle Murphy.

She was raised in Cisco, Texas, and graduated high school there. While attending Texas Tech University she met Willis H. Bledsoe, of Lubbock, Texas, and after graduation they were married on her birthday in 1942.

Vada's husband had a successful career as a JAG lawyer in the U.S. Air Force. They lived many places in the U.S., and overseas in England, Japan, and Germany. After retirement, they built a house on the Cook-Underwood Road, and continued to travel around the country and internationally.

Among Vada's many interests was the making of bobbin lace. She belonged to the Portland Lace Society and was president of the International Old Lacers for two years. She was also an active member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She studied ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) in Japan and again in Hood River, collecting and arranging local materials in all seasons. She enjoyed gardening and raised hosta, iris transplanted from Texas, and many other plants in her Underwood yard.

Vada is survived by her three daughters, Honeya Barth, Bronwen Bledsoe and Karen Bledsoe, and her two grandsons, Max and Alex Barth.

Cremation will take place in Issaquah, Wash. Additional information regarding a forthcoming memorial service will be available at


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