Joan Margaret Valerie Bolton Pugh

February 19, 1941May 4, 2018

Joan Margaret Valerie Collard Bolton Pugh, age 77, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at her home in Conover, NC.

Born February 19, 1941 in Berkshire, England, she was the daughter of the late Harold J. Collard and Ivy V. Jarman Collard.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis R. “Buck” Pugh.

Joan retired as a histologist in the medical industry. She was very proud of her British citizenship and heritage and was well-traveled in addition to living in Europe, Asia and the U.S. She made a lot of friends around the world that she was still in contact with after many years.

Joan loved all animals big and small and has supported many causes through the years and also loved her flower gardens, especially her beautiful roses this time of year.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Leona Bolton and husband, Bryan Dula of Conover, NC; sons, David Bolton and wife, Barbara of Longview, NC, Dale Bolton and girlfriend, Sharon of Catawba, NC; sister, Janet Thompson of Hudson, FL; brother, Terry Collard and wife, Angela of Broadstairs, Kent, England; grandchildren, Stevie Bolton, Lindsey Bortz, Austin Bolton, and Ally Grace Dula; great-grandsons, Kamden and Lincoln.

A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC, on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Joan’s wish was for anyone wanting to make a donation in her memory, to consider donating supplies or money to any animal welfare organization.

“If roses grow in heaven, Lord, please pick a bunch for me, place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me”. (by Delores M. Garcia)

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Her family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover, NC.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Receiving of friends Sunday, June 3, 2018

Joan Margaret Valerie Bolton Pugh

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Tammy Yates Craig

June 6, 2018

Leona, David and Dale our thoughts and prayers are with each of you! So sorry we didn't make it to the memorial, just know that we have been thinking of each of you. May God give you comfort now and always! The Yates family

Leona Bolton

June 3, 2018

We love you as 'Big as The Sky'
oxoxo 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
Leona, Bryan, Lindsey, Dontez, David Lee, Ally Grace, Kamden and Lincoln

David Bolton

June 3, 2018

My Mother
When I was born it was you and me
When I went to school it was you and me
When I went into the world it was you and me
When I failed it was you and me
When I triumphed it was you and me
When you passed it was still you and me
Love will always be you and me
Me (aka David)

Ann Cripps

May 29, 2018

Beautiful Memories are Wonderful Things
They last 'Till The Longest Day
They Never Wear Out, They Will Never Get Lost
And Can Never Be Given Away.

Dear Joanie,
Remembering all Those Special Years of Love and Laughter and Friendship,
Rest in Peace my Friend,
Always, Ann X X

Janet Thompson

May 24, 2018

My Sister Joan has left us with so many fond memories from our childhood in Ramsgate , Kent ,England to wonderful visits in North Carolina and Florida with my Brother Terry and his wife Angela and all of our NC Family .
The tears we all share are the simplest of prayers knowing you are now at rest .

Terry Collard

May 13, 2018

Joan was my sister, we have so many wonderful memories of time spent with her and my wife Angie when we visited from England, both in Carolina and Florida where we got together with my other sister Janet and back in the day with Joan's late husband Buck.
I also have fond memories of our childhood in Ramsgate....we Love and miss you Joanie
Terry and Angela

Lindsey Bortz

May 13, 2018


Leona Bolton

May 12, 2018

🌹The Memorial Service for my Mother Joan is scheduled at Drum's on Sunday June 3rd at 2pm 🌹