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Born on July 21, 1922, in Squires Nancy Neiman Bolen, daughter of Calvin Samuel Neiman and Bertie Mae Gastineau Neiman, was born on July 21, 1922, in Squires, Mo., and went to her heavenly home on Feb. 4, 2006, in New Florence, Mo., at the age of 83 years.
Nancy was a native resident of the Ava community, returning to her family home after her profession and the professions of her family took her to various places in Missouri, North Carolina and Georgia. Nancy was married to Elmer R. Spurrier. After the dissolution of that marriage, she later married Homer E. Bolen, who preceded her in death. She was a secretary in the medical field at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and was also executive secretary and acting director for the Missouri Association for Retarded Citizens in Jefferson City. Much of her career was spent in advocacy for the rights of handicapped citizens.
Nancy was a member of the Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star Ava Chapter #47, Daughters of American Revolution and the Huguenot Society. Like her father, she was a lifelong Democrat.
She enjoyed all her activities including spinning, weaving, painting, genealogy, historic preservation projects, and working on the farm and being with her friends and family.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Cal and Bertie Mae.
Her survivors include three children, Nina Spurrier Carter and husband, James, Plantation, Fla., Calvin “Cal” R. Spurrier, Mills, Wyo., and Janice Spurrier Dillard and husband, Jack, Montgomery City, Mo.; two stepchildren, Keith Bolen and wife, Adele, Hazelwood, Mo., and Sherry West and husband, Dale, Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. The Order of the Eastern Star service will be conducted by Ava Chapter #47. Interment will be in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery officiated by the daughter, Rev. Janice Spurrier Dillard.
Visitation was Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests memorials to Ellis Fischel Cancer Hospital, Columbia, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Memorials may be given at the funeral home.