Dolores Jenkins Bolling|
July 25, 1924 - Feb. 22, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Dolores (Jenkins) Bolling slipped away gracefully of natural causes surrounded by ber loving son John and caregivers on February 22, 2014.
Preceded in death by her husband George Richard (Tuskegee Airman) in 2007, her youngest son Frank Daniel in 2004 and her eldest son George Richard II in 2009, she is survived by her beloved middle son John Raymond & adoring granddaughter Francine (Frank), daughters in-law Zerelda Reyes (George Richard II) and Mary Lou Manansala (Frank), step-grandchildren Marjany & Hasmin (Frank), devoted nieces & nephew from Jenkins family: Kathy & Christine Jenkins, Marilyn Epps, Harold Jenkins II; grand niece and nephew, Carolyn Dolores and Raymond Epps (Tallahassee, Chicago) and nieces from Bolling family (Virginia): Brenda Johnson & Rita Barnett; cousins, several grandnieces & grandnephews and dear friends, near & far.
Born to Harry Spartan and Aldonia (Williams) Jenkins in Apalochicola, Florida on July 25, 1924, Dolores grew up in Tallahassee and completed her Bachelor's Degree at FAMU Florida A & M University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She ultimately moved to Columbus, Ohio where her husband George Richard was stationed at Columbus AFB and finised her Masters in Biology Degree at Ohio State University. She followed her husband's numerous military career assignments in the U.S and abroad (Japan) while she raised two beautiful sons, George (aka Ricky) and John. In 1962 the family Bolling moved to San Jose, California where third & yougest son, Frank Daniel, was born and raised, and where they make their home.
Between 1970 and 1978 Dolores taught Biology at Sheppard Middle School in San Jose. As a biologist, her love of science, living things, and keen interest in marine life inspired both her students and most especially her own nieces & nephew to pursue their professional interests in the field of science (medical, veterinary) and marine-related business endeavors. She is remembered with great fondness as a wonderful and patient teacher to her then young 'charges' (son, nieces, nephew), walking together along the shore at Money Bayou beach, on her visits to the family beach house near Apalachicola. Her only surviving son, John, followed her footsteps in education, currently as a Para-Educator at Santa Teresa High School. She is warmly remembered by her sons' friends, as one with a most generous heart and a gentle spirit, some of them still call her "Mama".
Dolores also dabbled in the arts; as an amateur painter a few of her completed paintings are displayed in her San Jose home. As a devoted parishioner of St. Joh Vianney Catholic Church Alum Rock/East Foothills she attended daily mass when possible.
Dolores will be remembered by all as a ray of God's light whose abiding faith and trust, love of her family, tireless interest in the sciences & arts and joyful heart carried her through her final years.
The family grieves, but not without the comfort of knowing that she is at rest.
A Vigil will be held at Oak Hill Funeral Home Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm. A memorial service followed by interment will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 26, 2014