Matilda was born on December 5th, 1923, in Wayland, Massachusetts. She was the third daughter of James J. Bolton and Sarah J. (Levis) Bolton.
Matilda was one of eleven siblings and cherished her childhood memories. Her brothers and sisters loved to gather together to talk about growing up in Wayland. Matilda loved sports as a child. Matilda played basketball and broke her nose playing ice hockey.
Matilda met the love of her life, Charles Clifford Bolt, during WWII at a military dance in New Bedford, Massachusetts. They fell in love and were married. Charles was sent overseas after they were married and Matilda gave birth to her first son, James C. Bolt, while Charles was overseas. When Charles returned, they began their life together having two more sons, Gaines R. Bolt and David C. Bolt, and daughter Susan E. Bolt Sorentino.
In 1954, Charles began working at the Goodyear Atomic Corporation in Portsmouth, Ohio. Charles and Matilda “Tillie” moved their young family to Waverly, Ohio. Charles worked until retirement at Goodyear. Matilda enjoyed her life with her family and friends in Waverly. She was the Girl Scout Organizer for Southern Ohio District for many years, played on the women’s softball, basketball and bowling leagues and coached girls’ softball with her two friends. Matilda, Charles and the children always enjoyed spending time in the summer with family on Cape Cod. Matilda will be fondly remembered as a wonderful mother who made home a special place.
Matilda loved the Ohio State Buckeyes and upon retiring in Fort Lauderdale, Florida grew to love watching the Miami Heat with her sister Sally Anthony.
Charles and Matilda only spent two winters in Fort Lauderdale before Charles passed away. Matilda had much strength and courage to survive such a great loss. She spent summers in Ohio with her children and grandchildren. She was at each of her son’s sides through their illness and passing. Matilda was a true example of The Greatest Generation.
Matilda enjoyed her life at The Oasis in Fort Lauderdale. She was always the first to welcome new neighbors and loved spending time with her sister Sally and family. Her son Gaines retired in Fort Lauderdale. She treasured those times together.
Matilda’s daughter Susan and her husband Philip moved to Fort Lauderdale to help care for Matilda for the last six years of her life. She was very grateful to them for their care. Matilda loved spending time with her son David when he lived in Florida. Matilda enjoyed going to church with Susan and Phil at First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale and found great comfort in her faith in God.
Matilda was preceded in death by husband Charles C. Bolt, father James J. Bolton and mother Sarah J. (Levis) Bolton, father-in-law Cline Bolt, mother-in-law Ollie Bolt, sister Priscilla Roy, brother James Bolton, sister Mary Nightingale, sister-in-law Gay Williamson, brother-in-law Garner Mayhew, sister-in-law Jean Ellis and her beloved sons James C. Bolt and Gaines R. Bolt.
Matilda is survived by son David C. Bolt of Chillicothe, Ohio and daughter Susan E. Bolt Sorentino and son-in-law Philip G. Sorentino of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Columbus, Ohio. Grandchildren,
Aimee Nichols of Waverly, Ohio; Brianna Bolt of Freeport, Bahamas; Shane Bolt of Sarasota, Florida; Charles (Chuck) Bolt and wife, Leah Bolt of Waverly; Elizabeth (Beth) Bolt of Chillicothe, Ohio; Sergeant First Class Chad Sorentino of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Dr. Sara-Maria Sorentino of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Serena Sorentino of Georgetown, Washington D.C.
Great-Grand Children Reese Nichols, Ben Nichols, Ethan Bolt of Waverly, Ohio; Emilia James Hynes of Freeport, Bahamas; Kasee Hamberg of Beavercreek, Ohio; Destiny, Lexie, Shane Jr. and Gunner Bolt of Sarasota, Florida.
Funeral service to be held on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Waverly, Ohio at the Botkin Hornback Funeral Home, 314 North Street, Waverly, Ohio 45690. Burial immediately following service at Evergreen Cemetery, Waverly, Ohio.
Flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may be sent to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation https://trustbridgefoundation.org/ or call (561)494-6888 | (877)494-6890 (Toll Free) with questions or to donate.