Barbara Lilly Bolen

August 27, 1948April 8, 2018

We are sad to share the news that Barbara Lilly Bolen, age 69, passed away on April 8, 2018 after a long battle with Frontal Lobe Dementia.

Barbara was born on August 27, 1948 to parents Clarence and Dorothy Dobbins. She married Richard Bolen in 1969 and they had two children together. They moved to Rogue River Oregon in 1977 where she and Richard bought some land, built a house and created a homesteading life for their daughters, Shannon and Pam; raising animals, growing vegetables and living off the land.

Barbara is remembered for her fierce spirit, strength of character and for always speaking her mind. She lived a life of service, taking care of her father, mother and brother all their lives. Barbara enjoyed a long career working at Asante. Sewing was her passion and her favorite place was the coast, crabbing and walking on the beach. Barbara was a talented quilter and also enjoyed knitting and cross-stitching. She loved mystery movies and always knew "who done it."

Barbara is survived by her husband of 49 years, her daughters Shannon and Pam and her grandson, Caleb. She is preceded in death, by her father, mother and brother Johnny. Barbara was an amazing person who overcame many hardships in her early years with grace and resilience to create a happy, fulfilling life. She will be remembered and missed by all who knew her.

A service will be held Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 945 NE Hillcrest Dr, Grants Pass, OR with a Celebration of Life to follow at Richard’s house in Rogue River, Or. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Barbara’s life. Professional services conducted by Chapel of the Valley- L.B. Hall Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting


  • Graveside Service Friday, May 4, 2018

Barbara Lilly Bolen

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