Joy Darlene Dalry (nee Bergman) passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by love, laughter, and her favorite lilacs on May 22, 2021. Joy was born in Renton, WA on August 8, 1942 to Ralph and Lillian Bergman (Freeman). After four boys, Lillian was thrilled to welcome her “darling” girl!
Joy graduated from Renton High School in 1961. She married her high school sweetheart, Douglas Dalry, on September 2nd of that same year. The two of them welcomed their first child, Jodi, the following year. They would go on to welcome three more children: Darin in 1965, Jill in 1967, and Jayme in 1970.
Doug and Joy moved their family to Blaine in 1975 and bought a 10 acre farm where they raised their kids, some animals, and had the time of their lives! Joy’s many talents included keeping kids in line as a school bus driver, and working as a part-time bartender at some of the local establishments. 30 years ago, Joy retired and spent her days taking care of her grandchildren, baking cowboy cookies, and watching Food Network. In 1990, Joy and Doug moved into their dream home that they built together in Birch Bay Village. Over the years, their home would be the center for family; celebrating holidays and birthdays, cooking large dinners, and making many memories.Their home was always warm and inviting, and full of laughter.
Joy is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Doug; her four children, Jodi (John) Lefler, Darin (Sheila) Dalry, Jill (Scott) Campbell, and Jayme (Don) Swansen; her grandchildren, Carli (Tim) Collins, Dani (AJ) Pieczynski, Aaron Bedow, Caidan Lefler, and Spencer and Conner Dalry; and her great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Sawyer, Amelia, and Lillian.
A celebration of life will be organized by the family in August. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Joy’s name to Whatcom Hospice House, whose care and love meant more to our family than we can ever truly express