In September, friends rallied to help the family of Eliza Bolton, a young Jonesborough mother who was in hospice care without insurance to cover the cost of her funeral and future needs of her four small children.
An account was set up to accept donations for the family and a benefit was held at Chuckey-Doak High School just a few weeks before Bolton died on Oct. 16 from a rare form of cervical cancer she had battled for more than two years. She was 25.
Jennifer Bowers Jones, who had known Bolton since childhood and helped organize the benefit at the high school, said proceeds and donations gathered at the spaghetti supper, gospel singing and auction and contributions made to Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home and to an account set up at Consumer Credit Union to help the family covered the cost of Bolton’s funeral services and burial.
For that blessing, Jones expressed thanks to the many businesses and individuals in Washington and Greene counties who gave money or donated auction items or other in kind gifts to help.
Unfortunately, the funeral expenses left little in the credit union account to help Bolton’s children, whose ages range from 2 to 8.
The children and Bolton’s husband, Jody, who is disabled, are still living with her parents in Greeneville, where Bolton stayed during hospice care.
According to Jones, the family knows they will no longer be able to afford the rent on their home in Jonesborough.
The account set up to help the family remains open and donations are still needed.
For those who wish to help, donations may be made payable to Consumer Credit Union and earmarked for the Eliza Bolton Family Account at CCU locations in Johnson City, Greeneville and Morristown, or by mail to Consumer Credit Union, 311 CCU Blvd., Greeneville, TN 37745.
In Johnson City, CCU is located at 516 W. Oakland Ave., Suite 106.
Bolton grew up in the South Greene community, where she attended DeBusk Elementary School and graduated from South Greene High School. She was a daughter of Bobby and Darlene Lowery Fann and a sister of Joni Gray Doucette.
She was employed as a cashier for BP and attended Telford United Methodist Church with her husband, Jody, and children, Skylar, 8, Trevor, 5, Lolla, 4, and Maely, 2. The three oldest children attend Grandview Elementary School in Washington County.
For more information about how to help the family, call Jennifer Bowers Jones at 552-4585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.