Ruth Bolen


Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sterling resident Ruth Bolen died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 86.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 10, at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. in Anchorage. A graveside service will follow at Angelus Memorial Park. A celebration of life will be held on the Kenai Peninsula at a later date.

Mrs. Bolen was born Oct. 5, 1920, to Doris and Ada (Hastings) McMurtry in Indianapolis. She attended school in Indiana. She met her future husband while working in Indianapolis and married Gerald Bolen on Nov. 15, 1941. The Bolens and their daughter, Linda, traveled to Anchorage in 1948. They lived in Anchorage before moving to their home on the Kenai River in 1991.

"Ruth was very loved by her family and friends. She had an unwavering faith in God and prayed for everyone. She enjoyed spending time at their home on the Kenai River tending to her flowers and feeding the birds. She adored cats and cared for many in her lifetime. She also enjoyed painting, reading and getting her hair styled by Gloria. Her favorite color was purple. Ruth never 'met a stranger' and was a 'grandma' to so many people," her family said.

"We will remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her strong faith in God and love for her family."

Mrs. Bolen was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Gerald; parents; and brother, James.

She is survived by her daughter and husband, Linda and Gary Overstad; grandson, Bill Smith; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chuck and Kahlene Smith; granddaughter, Angela Summerhays; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Laura and Mark Mahoric; great-grandchildren, Angela, Billy, Jonathon and Charlie Smith, Jessica, Jeff, Steven, Chad and Loralisa Summerhays and Matthew and Joseph Mahoric; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Mary Ann Bolen, Sarah Mitchell, Billie Jolly and Jean Bolen; and extended family, Kathy, Joey and Sam Brow, the Brow family, Tvenstrups family, Bob and Debbie Pepper, Ron Summerhays and Fern Tharp.

Her family requests in recognition of her generous spirit and great love of animals, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of their choice or the SPCA.

Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home.

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