Alverda Rae McIntosh Bolton passed away on October 28, 2009 at home after a long battle with lung cancer. She lived every one of her 71 years of life with a positive outlook and faced her struggle with cancer in the same way. During that difficult time she often said that God had blessed her life to such an extent that she would not want to trade places with anyone else in the world.
Alverda was known for her selfless, giving nature and blessed every life she touched with love and laughter. She devoted herself to her family, friends and the lives of those around her.
Alverda Rae McIntosh was born in Okmulgee, OK on August 27, 1938 and grew up in Tulsa with her aunt and uncle, Annie and Olind Craig. She met her husband, Mike Bolton, in college. "He was unlike anyone I had ever met," she recounted, "it was love at first sight for both of us." They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 28th of this year. The newlyweds moved around during their first few years of marriage and then settled at the Bolton family farm near the town of Jay, where they raised four wonderful daughters.
She always said God had a special calling for her to be a wife and mother and to minister to others. Some may think that sounds less than exciting, but she considered it to be the highest calling!
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jay for 44 years and served as secretary for 27 of those years. She loved music and directed the choir, plays, musicals, and other church events that brought joy and inspiration to many. She was a member and officer of The Singing Church Women of Oklahoma. She enjoyed performing in many Grove Playmaker productions. She loved to travel and enjoyed being a member of the Grand Lake Good Samaritans RV Club.
Alverda is survived by her husband, Dr. Michael D. Bolton of Jay, OK; one brother, Bill McIntosh (a.k.a. Boatmun) of Stillwater, OK; four daughters: Dana Williams of Springfield, VA; Kristy White of Leawood, KS; Jennifer Teague of Claremore, OK; and Michelle Fitts of Tulsa, OK; and eleven grandchildren ranging in age from two to twenty-three.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 30, 2009 from 6-8 P.M. at Funeral Services of Grand Lake Chapel, 311 W. Gray Street, Jay, OK, 74346. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Jay First Baptist Church, 404 W. Price. Her son-in-law, Dan Williams will be officiating.
Alverda lived by 1 Timothy 1:7 that says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." This is how she lived her life and the spiritual legacy she leaves us all.