Sammie Bolton 1936-2016
Samuella June (McNeilly/Killmer) Bolton passed away peacefully on August 28, 2016. Sammie was born in Colfax, WA on May 17, 1936 to Samuel A. McNeilly and Stella M. (Bean/McNeilly) Poetter. Her family moved from Colfax to the Summit Valley area when she was nine months old and a few years later they moved to Chewelah.
Sammie attended school at St. Mary’s, Jenkins High School and graduated from Valley High School in 1954. Sammie married her high school sweetheart, Donnie Killmer on September 11, 1954. She and Donnie started their family in Spokane before employment opportunities took them to Auburn, WA. The family moved back to the Chewelah area in 1972 after Donnie passed away from a short battle with Leukemia.
Sammie remarried and lived out of the area for nearly 40 years before returning in 2012. She moved from Midwest City, OK to the Chewelah area to spend her last years with her son and his family. Sammie enjoyed family gatherings and she loved spending time with her great grandchildren. In May she celebrated her 80th birthday with nearly all of her family in attendance. In the hours before she passed, Sammie left detailed instructions to purchase a specific gift for her three-year-old great grandson’s upcoming birthday. Sammie loved her family dearly.
Sammie was preceded in death by her infant son (Larry), husband (Donnie), father (Sam), mother (Stella), and three sisters (Louise, Irene and Ruth). Sammie is survived by her three children: Arlene Mitchell (Don) of Choctaw, OK, Dennis Killmer (Kris) of Chewelah, WA, David Killmer of Oklahoma City, OK; one sister, Jackie Aebly (Ed) of Colville, WA; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
After receiving Jesus Christ as her personal savior, Sammie enjoyed studying her Bible and in her last days she came to appreciate the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:8 – “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. The family will hold a graveside service next year when all can attend.