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.

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

  1. We are so sorry to learn of your loss. You have been so faithful in tending to her needs.
    This sends sympathy and prayers. God bless!

  2. So sorry for your loss Doug. Loosing a parent is so hard no matter how old you are. Thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as you begin the healing process.

  3. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Ethel. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family from the Bolt family in Farmville.

  4. Doug – So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Glad that you have been able to be with her the last few years.

  5. So sorry for your loss of your mother, Doug. That will be a tough ride for a while; moms are so special.

  6. 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.

  7. We are sorry for your loss. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts. We will keep you in our prayers.

  8. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I pray that God will give you peace at this time. I look forward to hearing a little more about your mothers life, when the time is right.

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