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Carolyn J. McLeland Bolin

Jan 15, 2014

Carolyn J. McLeland Bolin, 75, rural Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Salem, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Chandler Regional Hospital in Chandler, Ariz. while wintering at her home in Chandler.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Salem Friends Church. The Revs. Jared Haley and Tom Palmer will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Cantril. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Salem Crew Public Library, the Salem Friends Church or the Lewelling Quaker Museum. Online condolences may be directed to

She was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Bonaparte, and was the daughter of Selby Clyde and Florence Reva (nee Keck) Sprouse. She graduated from Cantril High School in 1956. On Dec. 29, 1955, she married Robert Ray “Bob” McLeland. He preceded her in death. On Nov. 9, 2006, she married Dean Bolin.

For 30 years, she was a bus driver for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District. She served many terms as the city clerk for Salem. She had even served as mayor pro-tem for Salem. She worked at Biggs Hatchery. She also raised, dressed and sold chickens from home.

She was active in the community events of Salem. She was on the fundraising committee for the Salem Crew Public Library where she wrote several grants for the committee. She was a founding board member of the Salem Recreation Association. She served on the hospitality committee when RAGRAI and the Tractor Cavelcade came to Salem. She took care of the grounds of the Lewelling Quaker Museum for many years and also mowed cemeteries in the summer.

She was a fisher of catfish. She enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by her husband; five children, Becky McLeland of Salem, Cherie (Lonnie) LeBlanc of Warrensburg, Mo., Reva (Brian) Merschman of West Point, Rob (Dolly) McLeland of Gilbert, Ariz. and Jody (Mindy) McLeland of Salem; four step-children, Patsy (Fred) Kruse of Salem, Greg (Lori) Bolin of Mt. Pleasant, Melodee (Mitch) Yaley of Mt. Pleasant and Cindy (Stan) Dilks of Salem; one brother, Clyde Sprouse of Keosauqua; two sisters, Vera Sheer and Gracie (Harold) Mills all of Salem; 29 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband and one grandchild.

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