By HDN staff
JOPLIN Bernadean Martha (Hyle) LaValley, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at a Chester care center of natural causes.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Joplin. Burial will follow at the Joplin Cemetery.
LaValley was born April 12, 1907, in Rugby, N.D., to Thomas and Martha (Shank) Hyle. She moved with her family to Inverness where she grew up and received her formal education.
On June 16, 1923, she married Arthur V. LaValley at Fort Benton. The couple resided in Joplin where he had farming interest and operated an International dealership. She worked as a homemaker.
After selling the farm in 1947, the couple moved to Kalispell and later to Rufus, Ore. They retired in 1967. He died in 1979. She moved to Spokane two years later.
In 1989, she moved to Chester and became a resident of Sweetgrass Lodge. In 1992 she transferred to the Liberty County Nursing Home in Chester.
LaValley was a member of the Bethel Church in Joplin and active in the Bethel Ladies Aide group. She served as Sunday School superintendent for several years. She was also a member of the Joplin Eastern Star, the Joplin Royal Neighbors of America and the Kalispell Garden Club. Her hobbies included flower gardening, sewing, traveling, crocheting, camping and huckleberry picking. She collected recipes and enjoyed cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Earl LaValley, a daughter, Fern Wood, two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include sons, Arthur LaValley Jr. of Spokane, Wash., and Terry LaValley of Joplin; daughters, Betty Wolery of Joplin, Elaine Lukes of Spokane, Wash., and LaVon Clemens of Hermiston, Ore.; 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials will be donated to the Bethel Church.
Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.