Carolyn J. McLeland Bolin

Written by on January 14, 2014 in Obituaries

Carolyn J. McLeland Bolin, 75, of rural Mount Pleasant, IA, and formerly of Salem, IA died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Chandler Regional Hospital in Chandler, AZ while wintering at her home in Chandler.
A funeral service for Carolyn McLeland Bolin will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 17 at the Salem Friends Church, Salem, IA. The Reverends Jared Haley and Tom Palmer will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Cantril, IA. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 16 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5-8 PM Thursday.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Salem Crew Public Library, the Salem Friends Church or the Llewelling Quaker Museum. Online condolences may be directed to
Carolyn Judell Sprouse was born September 1, 1938 in Bonaparte, IA. She was the daughter of Selby Clyde and Florence Reva (nee Keck) Sprouse. She graduated from Cantril High School in 1956. On December 29, 1955 at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Edina, MO, Carolyn was united in marriage to Robert Ray “Bob” McLeland. Mr. McLeland died Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at their home in Salem. On November 9, 2006 at the Salem Friends Church, Carolyn was united in marriage to Dean Bolin.
For 30 years, Carolyn was a bus driver for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District. She drove a regular route as well as untold numbers of athletic and extra-curricular events. She served many terms (non-concurrent) as the City Clerk for Salem. She had even served as Mayor Pro-Tem for Salem. Earlier in her married life, she worked at Biggs Hatchery. She also raised, dressed and sold chickens from home.
Carolyn was extremely active in the community events of Salem. She was on the fundraising committee for the Salem Crew Public Library where she wrote several grants for the committee. Carolyn was a Founding Board Member of the Salem Recreation Association, and was instrumental in the building of the city basketball court. Carolyn was involved with the Christmas lights for Salem. During Salem Old Settlers, Carolyn was in the charge of the Coke Wagon and the Fun Run/Walk. She served on the hospitality committee when RAGRAI and the Tractor Cavalcade came to Salem. She and both of her husbands took care of the grounds of the Lleweling Quaker Museum for many years. With her family, they mowed cemeteries in the summers.
Carolyn was an avid fisher of catfish. She was a member of the Cantril High School Softball team which won one of the earliest state tournaments of Iowa. She carried that love of softball into her adult years, playing on several league teams and helping her children on softball teams. Carolyn was also active in playing basketball. She enjoyed quilting, and made quilts for each of her grandchildren.
Those thankful for sharing in Carolyn’s life include her husband Dean of Rural Mt. Pleasant. 5 children – Becky McLeland of Salem, Cherie (Lonnie) LeBlanc of Warrensburg, MO, Reva (Brian) Merschman of West Point, IA, Rob (Dolly) McLeland of Gilbert, AZ and Jody (Mindy)McLeland of Salem; 4 step children – Patsy (Fred) Kruse of Salem, Greg (Lori) Bolin of Mt. Pleasant, Melodee (Mitch) Yaley of Mt. Pleasant and Cindy (Stan) Dilks of Salem; 1 brother – Clyde Sprouse of Keosauqua, IA; 2 sisters – Vera Sheer and Gracie (Harold) Mills, all of Salem; 29 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Her parents, first husband and 1 grandchild precede Carolyn in death.

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