Betty Jane Bolter

August 22, 1932 - February 19, 2009

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:00 noon, my mother-in-law, Betty Jane Bolter slipped peacefully away from us surrounded by her family. We were supported by Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and the staff of Delmar Gardens and would like to thank them along with the nurses, aides and doctors of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

We believe she is going to a place where Teddy Bears play and Double Whoppers are on the menu every day. She will be missed by her family, friends and the loving staff and residents of Delmar Gardens. Donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care can be made in her memory.

We will miss you Betty.

Pearl: Guardian Dog

Next to Teddy Bears, dogs were on the list of Grandma Betty's favorite things. Dogs and cute, little children. Since I don't have any little kids anymore, I brought Pearl up to Betty's room for a day. Pearl surprised me. She didn't bark at all of the fun people she saw and didn't try to leave the room to go exploring all of the exciting new places to check out around the home. Instead she curled up on the end of Betty's bed and did what Maltese dogs do naturally–be a loving companion. I don't know if Betty felt her presence in that room at the end of her bed, but I thoroughly enjoyed her calm demeanor and comfort. Her soft, white fluff and warm, cuddly, little body made it easier to sit there in the room and give comfort to Betty. Thank God for dogs.

Betty Bear

My mother-in-law is a very kind-hearted woman who has spent her life taking care of others. Now we are taking care of her. She fell last week, fractured a vertebrae and has been declining in the hospital since then. Each day she has become less responsive.

I've brought family pictures to have around her in case she might be aware of them. I want her to know that everyone is praying for her. She's also the proud owner of over 500 teddy bears that she used to have crammed in a very orderly fashion into her teeny-tiny apartment. I've brought a few of those bears to the hospital to keep her company, too.

If anyone reads this silly ol' blog, please keep Grandma Betty Bear in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks.