Dena Ellen Bolton

October 5, 1952 ~ February 9, 2011

Dena E. Neufer Bolton, of Johnson City, departed this life on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, in the Indian Path Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, on October 5, 1952, a daughter of the late Clair E. and Edna K. Neufer. She is survived by her husband, Rick Bolton, of Johnson City, TN; one son, Michael Shawn King, of Bristol, VA; one daughter, Kerrie E. King Davis, of Johnson City, TN; one granddaughter, Sara Deane Cross, of Johnson City, TN; two step children, Holly Bolton Rainey and J. Matthew Bolton and four step grandchildren; one niece, Desiree Linkous Chambers; and one nephew, Johnny Linkous. Mrs. Bolton was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and an ardent lover of gardening of which she wrote numerous articles as a freelance writer. Her love for gardening was only over shadowed by the love she had for her family and friends. The Lord has in His arms a precious angel who shall tend her garden from heaven where we are her flowers that she shall continue to nurture and grow. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Dena's life at the home of her daughter, Kerrie Davis, 2001 Michael Drive, Johnson City, TN, Tuesday evening, February 15, 2011, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Rick,Kerrie, and all the family and friends who are feeling the loss of this beloved one. I hope the wonderful memories she has left with you will replace some of the sadness you are now experiencing

  2. Anonymous says:

    My heart is so heavy. Dena was loved very much and will be missed by many. Rick, God is with you, and I pray that He will bring some peace to you and Kerrie and everyone there. And I hope you can feel how much your family loves you, even from far away. Becky

  3. Anonymous says:

    There are so many stories that can & have been told about my mother, but this is mine. My mother was playful, funny, serious & strong. She held me up when I was weak and leaned on me when she was tired. We held hands though the good times and each others hearts through the bad. We cried tears of joy & sorrow together and even cried for no reason, as women sometimes do. She had a sparkle that lit up a room and everyone saw it in her. My mother had a heart the size of Texas. She could never leave a stray animal in the cold, walk by a hurting child or ignore a hunger human being. She had compassion for everyone & passion in all that she did. My mother told me that because she lost her parents so young, she felt like an orphan. My momma isn’t an orphan anymore! God has taken away her pain, lifted her up and placed her back into her parents arms. God rest momma! I love you & I know that you will be around. Kerrie

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dena and my paths have crossed several times over the past twenty years, most recently she was “my farmers’ market friend”. while i didn’t know her very well, the few times i had the pleasure of talking to her, her love and passion for life, people, and gardening always came through quickly, and she was always smiling. when i heard the news on friday, it made me very sad. i went out in my yard, brushed the snow from my favorite chair and sat to remember her. it’s always sad when some dies, but especially when they have such a passion for living and die too young. this summer with each flower and plant that i tend to i will think of her.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Michael, you and your family are in my deepest thoughts and prayers on the loss of your Mom. She sounded like a very special lady from reading of her accomplishments…I’m sure that’s where you get yours from. May God bless all of you during this time. Love, Donna Byington

  6. Anonymous says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences in your loss. We remember Dena fondly. She was passionate about life. I know you will miss her. Rick, we are so sorry. Anita and Jerry

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rick, Marsha and I just read the paper about the passing of Dena. Even though we never knew her, you have always had a special place in our hearts and we can only tell you that we are praying for you at this time. You were always one of our best friends at SHHS and those memories in high school continue to live on just as though it was just yesterday. God be with you during this tragedy and just remember that we are thinking of you and we only wish we could be there with you at this time. I hope you can feel our thoughts and prayers from Lakeland, Florida. God bless you and we hope to see you sometime.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dear Rick, Kerrie and family When we heard about Dena’s passing we were just shocked. We are so very sorry and know this loss will last a lifetime. Know we are thinking of you and praying the Lord will guide you. She had been sending me her articles to read…..I am so sorry. We had some good times together. Lynda and Terry Widener

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dear Rick, Kerrie, and family, Although we cannot be with you tomorrow physically, we are certainly with you in spirit. I’m sure the legacy and strength Dena has left behind will live on in you all, and God will give you the strength for the rest. Please take care of each other and know how deeply we love you. Your family in Virginia, Debbie, Ashley, Danielle, Lexi & Tyler

  10. Anonymous says:

    Micheal just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for the loss of your Mother.You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and watch over you and your family during this time and may you find comfort in knowing we all care. Darlene Byrd (operator)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Our heart-felt sympathy to Dena’s family for your loss. My sister and I grew up on Garden Drive in Kingsport down the street from the Neufer home. Dena was a big part of our lives during that time. She will remain in our hearts always.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Rick. May God give you strength and wisdom through these troubled times.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry I could not be there. But my thoughts have been with you all evening, and I’m still praying for God’s comfort to embrace you and sustain you. Becky

  14. Anonymous says:

    Our condolences for Dena, sister City supporter and friend. Henry & Susan Antkiewicz

  15. Anonymous says:

    Rick I am truly sad over your loss.You are in my prayers my friend.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Rick, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is my prayer for God to comfort you and give you His peace both now and in the days ahead.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I will be praying for you and your family Rick. So sorry for your loss.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Kerrie, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God Bless you.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Rick, I just got an email from Bill Cox about Dena’s passing. I wanted to send my condolences. Your family is in our prayers. Jim Morris (corner of 8th & Elm)

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