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  • Leora Babcock Small Bolsius

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  • May 9, 1924 ~ March 10, 2014
    Her smile, her love of family, life, dance, music and travel, and a continual sparkle in her eyes are the keepsakes and gifts of Leora Bolsius who passed from this life March 10, 2014.
    She is survived by her older sister, Marjorie Plummer of North Scituate, R.I.; sons, David (Laurel) Coats, Donald (Premjai) Coats; their children, Jennifer, Michael, Paul, and Alisa and spouses; and two great-grandchildren, Adriella and Lincoln.
    Leora was born Leora Babcock Small May 9, 1924 in Chaplin, Conn. Babcock is a family name. She often told stories of her life as a little girl in the Connecticut and later the Providence, R.I. area and still had personal mementos of that time and place. Leora left Providence after meeting Merchant Marine David Coats during World War II. They dated, as they could at that time in our history, married and had two boys, David, Jr. and Donald, born in 1943 and 1944, respectively. Pictures of her wedding show her as a lovely bride in an elegant wedding gown with her new husband in his military best. Shortly after the war, the family moved to and lived in Lima, Peru from 1944 until 1948. In the early 1950s they moved to and settled in San Mateo, Calif.
    Leora and David later divorced and she married the Tucson, Ariz. artist and craftsman, Charles Bolsius, who in the 1930s, and with his brother Pete and Pete's wife, Nan, designed, constructed, and lived in an apartment complex which was incorporated into parts of a military complex known to this day as Fort Lowell, AZ. Ft. Lowell is now a National Historic Site.
    Charles and Leora were often commissioned by area residents to design and make hand carved and assembled wood art and living pieces including tables, dressers, bed frames, chairs, and night stands. After Charles' death in the mid 1980s, Leora remained in the Tucson area where she volunteered with the local Eagles lodge and where she focused on her love of music, dance, and travel. She and friends took many ship cruises to ports and countries all around the world, having passed through the Panama Canal on no less than four separate occasions.
    She moved from Tucson to Medford in 2007 where she stayed near her youngest son, Don and his wife Prem.
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