Sherrell Rae Bolon, 75, long-time Rolla resident, passed away on April 10, 2013 at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, due to complications from a stroke suffered on March 28. Sherrell was born to Francis Gerald and Irene Hulda (Tedro) Roberts on March 23, 1938, in Central City, Neb. She grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where her father worked for the United States Postal Service and her mother worked as a presser for a dry cleaner.
Sherrell was a 1956 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. She then attended Simpson College, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. In 1960, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education and a minor in general science. After graduation, she went to work as a clothing and textiles teacher at Freeport Senior High School in Illinois. She taught there until 1963, at which time she decide to pursue an advanced degree.
In 1964, she received her Master of Science degree in Textiles and Clothing with a minor in Home Economic Education from Iowa State University; soon followed by another degree from Iowa State in Vocational Home Economics. She then took a teaching position at Maine Township High School West in Des Plaines, Illinois.
While in graduate school Sherrell met her true love and future husband.
On June 19, 1965, at the Epworth Methodist church in Council Bluffs, Sherrell was married to Albert Eugene Bolon, son of Harry C. and Pearl J. Bolon of Rolla. Albert and Sherrell returned to Rolla, where Albert was employed by MSM (now Missouri S&T). Sherrell took a job as a home economics teacher at Newburg High School; however, she soon left that job to start a family.
Over the years, she held many part time jobs, including substitute teaching in the Rolla school district and working as a sales clerk/designer’s assistant for Charon Fabrics, Designer Furniture, and Ruthie’s House of Fashion. She is best remembered though for the restaurant she opened and managed: Truly Scrumptious.
Sherrell was also very active in the Rolla community. Sherrell claimed to be naturally shy and she felt compelled to overcome this by making new friends, participating in group activities and portraying various characters, including her favorite character Mary-A-Leen, the sister of Hallmark’s Maxine. She belonged to many clubs and organizations throughout the years: the Jaycees, Board of Presbyterian Manor, Coterie Club, Rolla Lioness Club, the Red Hat Club, PEO, Beta Sigma Phi, the Quilting Club, the Saturday Club that meets on Monday and the Lunch Bunch.
She was proud to co-found and act as a board member of the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop. In 1971-2, she was honored by the Jaycees as Outstanding Young Woman of Rolla, Outstanding Young Woman of Missouri and Outstanding Young Mother of Missouri. She was also pleased to co-chair the Rolla School District Bond Issue Campaign which funded construction of the Rolla Middle School. Sherrell was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and Lydia Circle.
In addition to this, Sherrell had many hobbies: sewing, knitting, quilting, miniatures, and traveling, just to name a few. Sherrell’s love of travel was instilled in her by her parents who took her on journeys throughout the United States to visit friends and distant relatives. Her first trip overseas was in 1961, when she participated in a Fashions & Textile Tour of Europe with Syracuse University and spent the summer living with a host family in Italy. Over the years, Sherrell and Albert enjoyed traveling throughout the US and Europe. Most recently Sherrell traveled to Ireland, where she and Tia learned to ride horses.
Sherrell was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her only brother Gerald W. Roberts, his wife, Janet (Byers) Roberts and their son, Michael. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia of Rolla; her son & daughter in-law, Bruce & Yung-Tsi (Hsieh) Bolon and their daughter Tiana Rae of Roseville, MN; her niece and husband, Lori & Jim Chedester, and their children, Jeremy & Deena; and, her nephew, Jon Roberts, and his daughter, Jenny. Sherrell will be greatly missed by her family and her beloved pets: Joey, Heide and especially Ginger.
A visitation for family and friends of Sherrell Bolon will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Null & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Rolla on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sherrell R. Bolon Memorial Scholarship fund or the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop. All arrangements are under the direction of Null & Sons funeral Home.