Karen Ann Bolam, nee Harreld, 66, of Winona Mo., formerly of Belleville, Ill., born Feb. 2, 1946, in Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home.
Mrs. Bolam was a 1964 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa.
On Feb. 3, 1964, she married the love of her life, Charles "Butch" Bolam at St. Patrick's Church in Ottumwa, Iowa. They relocated a year later to Belleville, Ill., and shortly after started their family.
Karen thoroughly enjoyed the role of wife and mother. She was passionate about her family and had a great love for animals. Cooking for the family, gardening, working outside and interior decorating were a few of the many hobbies she enjoyed in her busy life.
After rearing three children and several grandchildren, they retired to their most recent residence on the Mark Twain National Forest preserve in Winona, Mo., where she continued her love for animals by caring for horses, chickens, dogs and cats.
Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Beaver; her father, Vinton Beaver; a nephew, Bradley Beaver; her father-in-law, William F. Bolam; and dear family friend, Jeffrey DeFosset.
Surviving are her devoted husband of 48 years, Charles Bolam of Winona, Mo.; three children, Melissa Harrison of Alton, Mo., Matthew (Ashley) Bolam of Elsberry, Mo., and Nathan Bolam of St. Charles, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Brendan Meredith of Norfolk, Ark., Shawn (Jacqueline) Meredith of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jason Stanley of Alton, Mo., Matthew Bolam Jr., and Patrick Bolam, both of Okawville, Ill., T.J. Bolam of New Athens, Ill., and Kyla and Briella Bolam of Elsberry, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Sienna, Samuel, Jackson, Tristan and Kissy; one brother, Herbert (Janice) Harreld of Ottumwa, Iowa; her mother-in-law, Anna Jean Bolam of Belleville, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Sarah (Kent) McNeill of Sterling, Ill., and Anne (Dave) Talignani of Belleville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, David (Judy) Bolam of Omaha, Neb.; nieces and nephews; and numerous loving relatives and friends.
Her wit and sense of humor, admirable maternal abilities and wisdom beyond her years will be deeply, deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of Charles Bolam, who will distribute donations to Karen's favorite charities. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the funeral home with Father Jack McEvilly officiating.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 29, 2012