Constance Faye Boldra Sober Fulton was born on August 31, 1926 north of Thurman, Iowa, one quarter mile from her grandparents Forney’s home to Fahy Wesley Boldra and Mary Ann Forney Boldra Blackburn.
Connie attended school in Thurman until the 8th Grade. When her father died in 1938, the family moved to Randolph where she graduated high school in 1943 at age 16.
After graduation she boarded a train for California to live with her sister Loeta and find employment, which she did, but was terminated when the bank she was working for discovered she was only 16. Returning home to Randolph, she began a secretarial job with Implement Dealers which she enjoyed.
In 1946 Connie married W.L. (Bill) Sober in Glenwood, Iowa. Two daughters were born to Connie and Bill: Marianna (Marne) Michel and Katherine (Kathy) Lawrence. Bill’s job in law enforcement dictated several moves beginning in Sidney, to Missouri Valley, Cherokee, and finally Council Bluffs. Connie found secretarial positions in an attorney’s office, City Clerk’s office, hospital records, and the State of Iowa’s drivers licensing division.
After Bill’s retirement in 1975, they bought acreage on Plum Creek Road between Tabor and Thurman. Connie and Bill enjoyed living in the country and made many great friends. Connie taught ceramics for many years and helped start the Plum Hollow Pumpkin Festival in Thurman with the MR club members.
After Bill’s death in 1983, she continued to live on Plum Creek Road and in 1985, she married Gene Fulton. During this time Connie and a small group of musicians, called the Cadillac Kids played for various care centers and VFWs around southwest Iowa. Their group received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in the mid ‘90s.
Music was a huge part of Connie’s life. She played the piano and organ, mostly by ear, and taught herself to play the guitar. Her other favorite thing was painting. From oil paints, china painting, to her detailed ceramics, Connie loved it all.
In 1967 Connie, her brother Dennis, and sister Loeta bought their grandparents farm, north of the Thurman cemetery, naming it DeLoCo Lane. This home place was very dear to her heart as she and her brother spent so many hours there with her grandparents While her parents and older sister, Loeta, played music for dances in the area. She enjoyed hosting many family dinners and get togethers at the Old Farm, DeLoCo Lane. She especially loved the sleepovers there with Loeta, Oscar, her mother, Mary, and on occasion Dennis and Betty. Much love, food, and music was shared. Her last visit to the farm was on an ATV wedged between her daughters. Oh, the laughter and “Oh, you girls” that rang throughout the hills that day. We had such a good time!!
After the passing of her second husband, Gene, Connie moved to a house on South Elm Street in Shenandoah until her health dictated that she required more care. Connie chose her care facility, Tabor Manor, making the decision an easy one for her daughters. Connie resided there for 5 years, where she felt comfortable being in her old neighborhood with several of her old friends and family members in residence, and in a facility she knew from having played music for the residents once a week for several years.
Connie passed away on November 11, 2017 after being considerate enough to miss Kathy’s birthday (8th), granddaughter Caitlin’s comprehensive exams (10th), and granddaughter Katie’s birthday (12th). Her window of opportunity was narrow and she had her timing down perfectly.
Connie was preceded in death by husbands Bill Sober and Gene Fulton. Father, Fahy Boldra, Brother, Dennis Boldra, Sister, Loeta Hilding, and Mother, Mary Blackburn. Connie is survived by her daughters Marianna (Danny) Michel of Farragut and Katherine (John) Lawrence of Ames. Three grandchildren: Chad Johnson of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Katie (Rob) Livingston of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Caitlin Lawrence of Columbia, Missouri. 4 great granddaughters: Samantha Johnson, Emma, Isabel, and Greta Livingston. Two stepsons Steve (Sandy) Fulton of Shenandoah and Gregg Fulton of California, and numerous step grandchildren. One niece, Denise Boldra Stockstill of Lebanon, Missouri and 3 nephews; Randy Hilding of Pierre South Dakota, Jerel Hilding of Lawrence, Kansas, and Tom Boldra of Camdenton, Missouri.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, IA with Tammy Stettler officiating. Visitation will be with the family from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Chapel. Memorials will go to the Thurman Cemetery Fund and interment will be in the Thurman, IA Cemetery.
The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.