Sandra Jean Bolton, 84, a longtime resident of Trussville, died Nov. 24, 2020.
A memorial service will be held after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Clyde Bolton; three sons, Mike, Mark and Mitch Bolton; four grandchildren, Cory, Hannah and Lily Bolton and Lauren Davis; a great-grandson, Dakota Davis; four sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Bolton was a graduate of Alexandria High School and a member of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church. Over the years she owned an antique shop and children’s clothing store and taught kindergarten, but she was foremost a homemaker. She closed her businesses early to be at home when her children arrived from grammar school.
“I was put on earth to take care of other people,” Mrs. Bolton said frequently, and she lived up to calling with energy and skill. She was a renowned cook who was recently featured in the magazine Discover, The Essence of St. Clair.
She enjoyed hosting groups large and small to show her appreciation, among them the staff of the Trussville Library and the farmers who have booths at the local farmers’ market.
She honored the Bible verses in which Jesus said serving others was serving him. A common sight was her preparing a pot of beef stew or vegetable soup for a family stricken with illness.
“What’s Jesus having for supper tonight?” her husband would ask.
Her husband asks that memorials be made to Operation Smile, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5017, Hagerstown, Md. 21741.