Elizabeth Bolton Obituary (1941 – 2021) – Shaker Heights, OH


Elizabeth “Betsy” Day Bolton, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021, at her home in Asheville, North Carolina, with her family by her side. Born June 13, 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut, she graduated from Madeira School, Smith College and Stanford University. She lived in New York after college where she worked for the American Field Service. She then moved to California to work with Sir Harold Mitchell, whom Betsy had taken a course with during his first year abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, while he was writing his seminal book on Caribbean history. . Betsy’s work with Sir Mitchell has taken her to Bermuda and Jamaica with the professor and her family. Upon returning to Stanford to receive her Masters in Spanish-American Business, she met her future husband, Thomas Bolton. Betsy married Tom in 1968 and moved to New York City, where she worked with Sam Beard while he was incubating small businesses. In 1971, Betsy and Tom moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where they settled and raised three children. Betsy was a lifelong learner and avid reader. She has been an advocate for the rights of women and children, which led her to a career as a volunteer, then program director, for Guardian Ad Litem, where she was dedicated to the safety and well-being of children. neglected in the north west. Caroline. She also continued her love and concern for children through organizations such as Governor Jim Hunt’s Smart Start Program and the Mountain Area Child and Family Center. She was active in her community as a member of the French Broad Garden Club, a board member of Asheville Country Day School and participated in many other charities such as the Buncombe County Partnership for Children, the Verner Center for Early Learning, the Preservation Society of Asheville, Children First, and the Woods Hole Historical Museum and Library. Betsy was an extraordinary spirit who led an exceptional life. Her heart reflected kindness, curiosity and compassion, which imbued her with a “family first” attitude and a deep orientation to honesty. She was unfailingly generous and a ray of sunshine to everyone in her community, where she thought of others with altruism. Often times, Betsy sang as she walked and took pleasure in nature by walking in the woods and on the beach. She would be able to sing all the songs of the Pirates of Penzance and would be the first to buy summer theater tickets for her whole family. Betsy loved her family home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and spent time with family and friends while sailing and playing tennis. Betsy is survived by her soul mate and husband, Tom, her children: her son Hugh Bolton and wife Leslie St. Lawrence, daughter Elisa Hooper and husband Tom, son Jason Bolton and partner Esohe Denise Odaro, and six grandchildren: Lucian and Willow Bolton, Tommy and Emeline Hooper, and Penelope and Kenyon Bolton. She is also survived by her loving siblings: her sister Pamela Pelletreau and her husband Robert, her brother Roger Day and his wife Judy and her brother George Day and his wife Jan, as well as a multitude of nephews, nieces and godchildren. whose life spans the globe. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome at the Verner Center for Early Learning. https://vernerearlylearning.networkforgood.com/projects/108426-your-gift-supports-children-and-families-now Private family services will take place. For more information and to sign the guestbook, please connect online to www.brown-forward.com. BRUN-ADVANCED SERVICE 216 752-1200

Posted by Hartford Courant on October 24, 2021.

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