Layton, Utah – Susan Adele Bolton, beloved wife and mother of five, returned to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on November 2, 2023, at age 87.
Susan was born on August 27, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio and was the youngest of five children in the family of William Oriel and Sylvia Susan Richins Stephens. She grew up in Sugarhouse on 21st South next to Snelgroves Ice Cream and graduated from South High School.
Susan met Edwin (Ted) Clive Bolton in 1956 and in him she found her best friend and eternal companion. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on June 28, 1957. They had five children: William Dean, Don Clive, Stephenie Susan, Edwin Stephens, and Danielle Adele. Susan loved her family deeply and was an uncommonly devoted and adoring wife and mother, and later, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Susan was active, driven and industrious. She graduated from cosmetology school in 1956 and used this talent to work from home while raising her children. One of Susan’s spiritual gifts was the ability to bring beauty to the world around her. She was a painter and artist and loved decorating, especially her home. She also could see and point out the beauty in people and her surroundings. Her capacity to love made all who knew her feel like they were her best friend. She is known for walking into a room and getting to know all the people there and counting them as her friends. She always had a song to sing, especially on road trips, and always had a lullaby before bed for the little ones she loved. During difficult times she was an example to her family of strength, steadfast love, sacrifice and obedience to the will of the Lord.
Susan enjoyed many callings at church in the Relief Society and Young Women’s organizations. Together with her husband, they served a Church Education System mission in St George, Utah, as well as a mission at Salt Lake Temple Square. Susan knew that she was a daughter of God and lived her life as a valiant disciple of Christ.
After their wedding Ted was in the Air Force and they lived in Pennsylvania, Germany, and Turkey from 1957 to 1959. After the Air Force they lived in East Millcreek and then Cottonwood in Utah. They then moved to Newark, DE in 1966 for four years and then to La Habra, CA until 1978. They then moved their family to Utah, first to Fillmore, then Farmington, Provo and lastly Springville. Once their children were grown, in 1985 they moved to Irvine and Diamond Bar, CA. Ted and Susan went to Virginia in 1990. They then returned to Utah in 1999 and moved briefly to St. George, then Ivins for nearly 20 years, and finally Layton in 2020.
Susan has been preceded in death by her husband, Edwin (Ted) Clive Bolton, her infant son Edwin Stephens Bolton, and her daughter Stephenie Susan Bolton. As well as her parents William Oriel Stephens and Sylvia Susan Richins Stephens, and her siblings Alda Ellen Bradbury, Edith Esther Hardy, Val Thomas Stephens, Orla Sylvia Paulsen, and Dean Richins Stephens. Susan is survived by three of their five children: William Dean Bolton (Robin) of Layton UT, Don Clive Bolton (Odie) of Enoch, UT, and Danielle Adele Bolton Moroz (Steven) of Elk Grove, CA. Ted and Susan have 16 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Fairfield Village staff and nurses for taking wonderful care of Susan.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday November 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Chapel, 2435 East Canyon Rim Drive, Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Interment: Henefer Cemetery in Henefer, Utah at 2:30 p.m.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Susan’s obituary page.