Della Mae Bolter, died peacefully on April 21, 2017 at Vintage Fair Nursing and Rehab in Modesto. She was 91. Della was born on April 4, 1926 in Barber, OK to George and Sallie Hamilton. Della was the oldest of three children. She attended Valley Home Elementary School and Oakdale High School. She was active on the girls tumbling team, choir and volunteered at football games at Oakdale High. In 1944 she married the love of her life Eddie A Dias, and together they had four children: Gene, Jane, Rose, and George Dias. Eddie died suddenly in 1954.
She re-married in 1957 to W.D. Bolter (Bill) of Oakdale. Della, worked as a restaurant owner to support her four children and later retired from Louis Rich Plant in Modesto. She dedicated herself to family, having a few hobbies: gardening and occasional trips to Lake Tahoe. Family members never minded being encouraged to tag along because (Della) seemed to always win. She is also remembered as a good neighbor in Oakdale, once saving a neighbor boy who had stopped breathing. Della had a deep faith attending church services at Stacie’s Chalet where she lived for seven years. As her illness progressed many would hear her praying, and quoting Bible verses. She could be heard singing hymns, as well. Her spunky spirit will be greatly missed.
Della is survived by her oldest son Gene (Terry) Dias and youngest daughter Rose (Marlan) Bird who are both of Modesto, her brother Louie (Avis) Hamilton, 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews who lovingly stayed in close contact with her. Della is predeceased by her parents George and Sallie Hamilton, her husbands Eddie A Dias and Bill Bolter, her son George A Dias, daughter Jane L Walton, granddaughter Theresa J Barnes, her brother Johnny (Mable) Hamilton and niece Mariann S Hamilton.
A memorial service will be held: Eaton Funeral Home, 513 12th St. Modesto, Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made in Della M Bolter’s name to: www.optimalhospicefoundation.com or charity of your choice.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
April 26, 2017