Shirley Ann (Bachler) Bolton, 78, of Glenwood, died Sept. 27, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb., surrounded by her loved ones. The funeral was Oct. 1, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Glenwood. Bishop Timothy Jacob officiated. The burial and dedication of the grave was at the Tabor Cemetery following the service and was directed by Ron Forney. The family visitation was held Sept. 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.
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Shirley was the daughter of Phillip Bachler and Beulah Bennett. She was born July 2, 1935, in Tabor, where she lived most of her growing up years. She labored as a farm girl alongside her family beginning at a very young age. In high school, she was involved in basketball and marching band, as well as the baton twirlers. She was married to Glen Bolton Sept. 2, 1953, in Glenwood. She raised four children and worked until the very end of her life, despite numerous health issues. Her passions involved knitting, genealogy, service, temple work, gardening and most of all, watching over and taking care of her family.
She is survived by sisters, Jean Baggs of Tabor; and Dolores (Ron) Forney of De Kalb, Ill.; her daughter, Lou (Dave) Timson of Glenwood; sons Terry Bolton of Eagle River, Alaska; Kurtis (Shawna) Bolton of Glenwood; and Paul Bolton of Springfield, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; Devon, Meghanne, Chelsey, Keegan, Mara, Cassi, Cody, Dustin, Demi, Brian, Zachary and Ashley, as well as seven great-grandchildren: Maicee, Jocelynn, Nathan, Skyler, Teaghan, Savanah and Braydon. Shirley was preceded in death by husband Glen Bolton, her parents, sister Phyllis Patrick, daughter-in-law Janet Bolton and grandson Derik Bolton.
Shirley was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served a two-year mission in Chicago, as well as a family history mission in St. George, Utah. She was a wonderful mother of four children and devoted her life to the service of her family and others. Her family was her greatest joy. She will be greatly missed.
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Oct. 2, 2013