Nancy Lee Bolton
On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Nancy Lee Bolton, age 79, died peacefully, surrounded by her daughter, Jennifer Bolton and son, Scott C. Bolton at Lake Forest Hospital after a sudden massive stroke.
Nancy Lee Feiker was born April 22, 1941 in Racine, Wisconsin to parents, John and Lucille Feiker, who preceded her in death. After her birth, the Feikers moved to Traverse City, Michigan where Nancy attended her young school years. Upon graduating from Traverse City High School in 1959, Nancy attended Albion College in Albion, MI where she met her future husband, H. Chris Bolton, Jr. College summers were spent together in Traverse City with Nancy’s family, swimming on Grand Traverse Bay, where Nancy was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons, earning her the nickname “Flip Flop”.
After graduating from Albion College in 1963 with a Bachelors in Arts, Nancy and Chris Bolton married and moved to Old Greenwich, Connecticut where they began a young family with Jennifer and Scott. In 1977, a Chicago advertising firm came calling for Chris and the Boltons moved to Lake Forest, IL and it was here Nancy’s’ talents teaching arts education blossomed. She was a tenured arts educator for students at Cherokee, Everett and Sheridan Elementary Schools in District 67 for over 20 years and continued to substitute years after retiring. Nancy Bolton was noted for launching the annual Student Art Show at the Lake Forest Public Library where she tirelessly set up hundreds of thousands of student artwork displays in a gallery stroll setting where families and the community could admire young creations. Once she retired from teaching, Nancy turned her attention to her second love, gardening with the Woodlands Garden Club where she enjoyed creating beautiful pot displays at historic homes around Lake Forest as well as planting a Children’s Garden at the Gorton Community Center. Nancy was civic minded as well through her gardening, sitting on the Lake Forest Civic Beautification Committee where she took an active interest in Lake Forests’ legacy and curated gardens throughout the City.
“Nana” as she was known to her grandkids had a boundless sense of fun and was always available for pie and cookie baking, card games and monopoly, ski runs down Utah’s snowy slopes and endless sand castles on Nantucket and Texas beaches. She loved to travel with friends and family and relished discovering new subjects, from books to art to cooking to plants, she was a lifelong learner with a natural joie de vive.
Nancy leaves behind her husband, Chris, daughter Jennifer, son Scott and daughter-in-law Vicki. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren; Bailey, Ginger, Gordon and Grant as well as her dear sister, Jeanne Beers and family.
In light of current events, Nancy’s family has chosen to hold a future private event to celebrate her life. Private interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, Michigan.
The Boltons would like to thank Lake Forest Hospital ICU doctors and nurses for the excellent care and comfort they provided to Nancy during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the Boltons ask family and friends to consider donations to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which was always Nancy’s happy place.