September 20, 2013


Evelyn Jean DeBolt, 87, of Red Oak, Iowa, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Red Oak Health Care Community after an extended illness.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Burial was at the Emerson, Iowa, Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Evelyn was born Oct. 18, 1925, near Wales, Iowa, a daughter of Harry and Anglesey (Owens) Selser. She graduated from Wales Lincoln High School and started working as a dental assistant for Dr. B.F. Spicer. She married Lester DeBolt on Dec. 17, 1949 in Emerson, Iowa. They made their home in the Wales and Emerson area for many years.

Eveyln was a homemaker while the kids were young and started working when they were older. She worked for the egg plant in Malvern for a short time and Nishna Valley School in the kitchen. She was a longtime member of Wales Presbyterian Church, Wales Ladies Aid and Golden Girls Club. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, canning and being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Evelyn is survived by her son: John Lester DeBolt of Carroll, Iowa, and his special friend Debra Wolfe of Red Oak; daughter: Jean Friesen and husband Milford of Douglas, Neb.; grandchildren: Laura McNatt and husband Jason of Clive, Iowa; Cara Bloom and husband Dustin of Appleton, Wis.; Emily DeBolt and James DeBolt of Carroll; Sally Stoakes and husband Dan of Stanton, Iowa; Susanah Friesen of Douglas, Neb.; and Eric DeBolt of Bode, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Alexis, Weston, Evelyn and Mitchell Stoakes; Owen and Oliver Case; Ellison and Ailey McNatt; and Elise and Nolan Bloom; brother: Albert Selser and wife Joan of Red Oak; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Lester DeBolt; son: Jeffrey DeBolt; and sister: Mildred Andrews.