Grambling family remembers longtime employee Bolds

Funeral services for Margree B. Bolds will be held Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at the Gum Spring Association Building in Bernice. The Wake will be held Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at Countyline Baptist Church of Ruston. Mrs. Bolds died Friday, April 28 at Glenwood Regional Hospital in West Monroe. She was employed at Grambling State University for 33 years. After receiving both her bachelors and masters degrees from GSU. Mrs. Bolds was born June 11, 1950 in Marion and received her early education in the area. At an early age she joined the Zion Watts Baptist Church in Marion and later attended Countyline in Ruston where she served faithfully until her death. As a Grambling State University employee Mrs. Bolds served as coordinator of budgets in the Title III office. Mrs. Bolds is remembered as a happy and pleasant lady with a great love for people. Beverly Hill-Hercules, acting director of Title III, remembers Mrs. Bolds as a had worker and a person who could not say no. She loved her job. I worked with her for 19 years, of which 18 years were spent under the direction of Dr. Joe Copes, former Title III director. She was a very spiritual woman and it was observed in the office a great deal."She would always try to inspire Mrs. Glenda Jones and myself in the same way. She will be solely missed especially the way she handled her job in the Title III office," said Hill-Hercules. "I met Mrs. Bolds when I served as an internal evaluator for the Title III program and she was always pleasant. I had a great deal of questions and she helped me to do a better job," said Dr. Pamela Payne, acting vice president of student affairs. "She was always smiling and I didn’t know if she was having a bad day. It seemed as if she gave me a special hello and I am going to truly miss her," Dr. Payne said. Duffie Modest, an administrative coordinator in the Speech and Theatre Department, felt that she was a joy and a spiritual uplifting friend. "There is just not enough I can say about Mrs. Bolds. She was my maid of honor at my wedding and we talked and laughed right to the end. Even when she was sick Mrs. Bolds would send me uplifting e-mails and she is my spiritual sister through eternity," expressed Modest. Janet Moss, secretary of First Year Experience, said she was an inspirational and motivational person. Mrs. Bolds gave her best. Always very pleasant even when she was ill. She loved her family and grandchild. Ruth Osborne, director of the Student Counseling Center, remembers Mrs. Bolds as sincerely spiritual and took a great deal of pride in her work. She was just a kind hearted and helpful person. Sandra Lee, assistant professor of mass communication, said "Mrs. Margree Burch Bolds was my cousin, our fathers are first cousins. We attended elementary, junior high, high school and Louisiana Tech together." "She was a very kind, gentle, and cooperative person. I never saw her angry, always smiling and most of all she was patient – motherly mannerisms with all," said Lee. Mrs. Bolds was a woman of God, always ready to give spiritual advice to one seeking. She was a missionary at her local church. Diane Hassen, administrative assistant Office of Retention, Mrs. Bolds was a wonderful, hardworking, God-fearing lady. "I will miss her warm smile and her joyous laughter. She truly loved the Lord, her family (especially her grandson), and her church. Even though at times she did not feel well, she never complained. Mrs. Bolds touched so many lives with her words of encouragement. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. "Mrs. Bolds always provided me with uplifting spiritual advice, there was never a dull moment conversating with her and she was never afraid to acknowledge that Christ was the center of her life," expressed Beverly Crawford, director of Student Judicial Affairs. The love Mrs. Bolds shared with the Grambling family and community didn’t start at work, but as the old saying goes, Charity begans at home and spreads abroad. The love began with her family who will solely miss her. Cherishing her memory is husband, Wilbert Bolds of Grambling; one son, Michael F. Bolds of Carson Calif.; One daughter and best friend, Makesha (Kevin) Heard of Ruston; and a special grandson, Amarien J. Heard. She also leaves a god daughter, two god sons, two sisters, two brothers, an uncle, an aunt, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family extends a special thanks to Lincoln General nursing staff, Louisiana extended Care nursing staff, St Frances Cancer Institute and Dr. Weinberger during the care of Mrs. Bolds.