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ATHA M. WILLEY BLADES (1922 - 2012)

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Atha M. Willey Blades

PRESTON — Atha Marie Willey Blades died at Caroline Nursing Home in Denton on Saturday, May 26, 2012. She was 90. She was born on April 28, 1922, near Vienna, the daughter of the late Joseph Tilden Willey and Ada Camilla Hughes Willey. Her husband of 60 years, Maurice Kenneth Blades, died on Nov, 28, 1999.

She was a poultry grower who loved flowers, gardening and baking rolls for her neighbors. She was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston.

She is survived by two sons, Wayne M. Blades and his wife, Vickie, of Salisbury and Gary Dale Blades and his wife, Barbara, of Federalsburg; three grandchildren, Kimberly L. Jones, Lisa M. Townsend and Kelly L Howard; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Jones, Janna Jones, Lauren Howard, Meredith Howard, Jack Townsend and Samantha Townsend; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Grunden and Josephine Willey; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by siblings Grace Hughes, Hazel Willey, Wilbur Willey, Leonard Willey, Lester Willey, Woodrow Willey, Carson Willey and Leroy Willey.

Funeral services for her will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Framptom Funeral Home PA in Federalsburg, with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Junior Order Cemetery in Preston. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Bethesda United Methodist Church, PO Box 147, Preston, Md. 21655 or Preston Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 44, Preston, Md. 21655 or to a .

Published in The Daily Times on May 29, 2012