Services for Betty Jean Bolin, 93, Ada, are Friday, August 21 st , at 10:00 a.m. at Center Free Will Baptist Church. Pastor Earl Hood and Phillip Vinson will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Ada. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20 th , at Criswell Funeral Home.
She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 17, 2020. She departed this life at her home with her children and grandchildren at her bedside. She was born January 1, 1927, in Allen, Oklahoma, to William Vinson and Susie Melton Vinson. She was born tenth out of thirteen children. She had ten brothers and two sisters. Growing up during the Great Depression with such a large family had a profound effect on how she viewed life. Her parents set her on a course early in life to place her priorities on faith and family, rather than material things.
She attended school in Allen, Oklahoma, and lived in Ada most of her life. When she turned sixteen she moved to California and worked installing wing flaps on airplanes during World War II at Doak Aircraft Company in Torrance, California. She was a reallife “Rosie the Riveter.” Later she started working as a telephone operator in California and continued as a telephone operator once she returned to Ada until she retired to stay at home with her children full time.
She met her husband, JB Bolin, Sr., when he picked her up from work one day in the taxicab he drove for the taxi company in Ada. After that first day he picked her up from work every day. They were married on December 18, 1946 in Ada, and they remained married for 51 years until he preceded her in death on February 5, 1998.
Years after the death of her husband, she met her second love and dance partner, Jereld Winton, of Ada, at a local dance. She and Jereld shared a love of dancing, and they regularly attended the Ada Senior Citizens Dance for many years. Jereld was a wonderful companion and became a member of her family.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a way of making all of her children and grandchildren feel special and she always let them know that she was proud of them. She did not just say she loved her children and grandchildren, she showed her love every day in everything she did for them. Her house was always a warm and inviting place for the family and the gathering place for every holiday. Her house was full of love and wonderful home cooking. She often said that her favorite times were the times when her entire family would gather for holidays, birthdays, and any occasion. She enjoyed Saturday breakfasts with the entire family almost every weekend in her last several years. She made it clear to everyone she encountered that her greatest accomplishment in life was her children and grandchildren. Even in her last days she made sure that her children and grandchildren knew that she was proud of them, and that the best way to honor her was to continue her legacy by loving each other as she loved them.
Her faith was evident in every facet of her life and was the single guiding force that made her who she was. She did not just recite the Word of God, she practiced it in what she said, what she did, who she was, and how she loved. She knew her life here on Earth was temporary, but she made her time here count by teaching her children and grandchildren the importance of loving one another and loving everyone as Christ did. She was a true prayer warrior who prayed daily for her family and friends. She lived every day of her 93 years faithfully because she looked forward to the one day when God would call her Home.
Survivors include two daughters, Darlis Hatton and Londa Foster, both of Ada; two sons, JB Bolin, Jr. and wife Diana, and Bill Bolin, and wife LeRae, both of Ada; seven grandchildren, Leigha Bolin Sorrels, Larisa Bolin, Susie Bolin Summers, Lisa Munday, Marteen Silas, Bruce Hatton, and Bart Hatton, all of Ada; ten great-grandchildren, seven great-greatgrandchildren; one stepdaughter, Glenda Michael, of Springfield, Missouri; and special companion, Jereld Winton, of Oklahoma City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Susie Vinson; ten brothers, Auther Lee Vinson, Charley Vinson, James Vinson, Cecil Vinson, C.B. Vinson, A.J. Vinson, Carl Vinson, Junior Vinson, Floyd Vinson, and R.L. Vinson; two sisters, Nora Lee Riddle, and Ruth Davis; a grandson, John Bolin; and a great-grandson, Brandon Hatton.
Bearers are Rex Munday, Ronnie Davis, Terry Glover, Sam Silas, Randall McCown, Rick McCown, and Jim Foster. Honorary bearers are Bart Hatton, Floyd Neugin, and Rick McCown.