She was born on March 17, 1941 in Artesia, NM, to Russell and Thelma (McCaw) Rogers.
She is survived by her husband James Bly, at home and daughter Jennie Miller, Temple, TX. Also, sister Barbara (Richard) Henderson, Los Alamos, NM and brother Stanley Rogers, Roswell, NM. numerous cousins (Rogers & McCaw) and two nephews: Roger Henderson & Reese Rogers; two nieces: Mary Kay Henderson & Karen Melton.
Mary and James Bly were married on January 23, 1981 in Carlsbad, NM. She was an active member and Deacon of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Mary attended Atoka School through the eighth grade, then continued in the Artesia Public Schools graduating in 1959. She then attended Park College in Kansas City, Missouri later transferring to New Mexico State University. She also attended dress design school in Chicago, Illinois.
During her school years, Mary was very active in Eddy County 4-H, attending the 36th National 4-H Congress in 1957. She was recognized and earned an award for her bread baking demonstration. Mary was also active in Junior Women's Club and was part of the group that coordinated the original Heritage Walkway Mural for the Bicentennial.
Mary accompanied James when he was called to work out of town and spent many hours studying the history and folklore of the many towns that they visited in New Mexico. If there was a haunted room available, Mary was eager to spend the night in the establishment. She loved traveling to Hawaii, New Orleans, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. She enjoyed visiting antique stores, museums and was an avid reader and collector.
A memorial service was held December 30, 2016 at First Christian Church, 1006 West Bullock Avenue, Artesia, NM 88210.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church or the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please remember Mrs. Bly at www.artesiafunerals.com.