Edna Irene Bolton, 99 years young, of Ocala, formerly Kingsley, the beloved centerpiece of our family, has completed all the required tests needed in this Life and has been advanced to Eternal Life on April 25, 2021.
Services will be held on July 12, 2021 at Hubbard United Methodist Church in Park Rapids, Minn., with Honor Guard burial in Henrietta Cemetery following the service.
Edna was born to Arthur and Edith (Trim) Monckton on April 13, 1922, at Kingsley, Iowa. She graduated from Pierson High School in 1939, attended NAT in Sioux City, Iowa, worked in an insurance agency and a bank in Moville, Iowa. In September 1943, she joined the Navy until April 1946, serving as a Yeoman 2nd Class and spent much of her time in Washington, D.C.
On Aug. 12, 1946, she was united in marriage to Merle M. Bolton. They had five children, Linn Ray (Julie), Patsy June (Jim) Gordon, Doyle Ivan, Carol Ann (Dan) Knutson, and Robert Merle. They moved to Park Rapids, Minn., in 1959 and farmed in both Iowa and Minnesota. Edna worked for 20 years as Deputy Auditor in Park Rapids.
She and Merle spent many winters in Arizona and Florida and trips to Alaska, Washington, Colorado and England. She was a Sunday school teacher, a 4-H leader and an active member of the Ladies of the Lakes Homemakers and Red Hat Ladies Society, and secretary to their Wildwood Park Association. Edna loved to work on photo albums and geneology, and a variety of crafts, including a tee-shirt quilt. She has six grand children, Sarah Gordon Ching (Todd) and Brian (Beth) Gordon, Melissa (David) Armstrong, and Carissa, Courtney and Stephanie Bolton; 15 great- grandchildren, David and Elsie Ching; Blake Gordon; Landen, Khiley, and Daniel Armstrong; Blake, Caleb and Cole; Caroline, Anthony, and Amya; Travis, Issac and Amarianna; several nieces and nephews; special cousin, Hilda Benjamin; cousins; and special long-time friend, Pat Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merle; a sister in infancy; and brothers, Ivan and Stanley Monckton.