Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt: 1923-2012

Ethel McPeak aboard her Harley in 1946.


Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt, my mother, died shortly after 5 a.m. today at her assisted living home in Pulaski County, Virginia.

She was 88.

Death came peacefully, in her sleep.  I kept a bedside vigil all night after doctors and hospice told me the time was near.  She simply stopped breathing.

Mom always feared dying alone.  She wasn’t alone. I was there. So were the nurses, aides and staff who had helped me care for her in the final years of her life.

Arrangements are pending. There’s so much more that can, and should, be said about her life but right now I’m too tired and too drained to put them into words.

More later.

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14 thoughts on “Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt: 1923-2012”

  1. So sorry for your loss. I lost my father a little over a year ago to a sudden fatal heart attack at age 71. Losing a parent is very hard. I hope you have a good support system of friends, family, minister, etc. Take what time you need. The world will be here when you’re ready.

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