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Alice Boulton

Alice D. Boulton, of Silt, Colorado died Aug. 8, 2011 in Rifle, Colorado.

Alice DeRotha (Sonntag) Boulton was born July 8, 1925, in a sod house on the prairie, near Wiley, Colorado, where her parents Marion Phillip and Josephine (Pettyjohn) Sonntag were involved in dry land farming and the breeding of horses.

While Alice was still a young girl, the small family first moved briefly to the Grand Junction area, later moving to Dotsero, Colorado, where her father began working for the railroad.



Alice didn’t finish high school, as on March 15,1939, at the age of 14, she married John Robert Boulton. She was half his age, and although no one thought it would last, they were married for 65 years, until John’s passing in 2004.

The Boultons would wait several years to have their first child. At the age of 17, Alice gave birth to a daughter, Mary Jane. Their son, John Robert Jr. followed 2 years later. In turn, these children would provide them with 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, in whom the couple found much love and great joy.



When CMC was first founded in the valley, Alice was quick to enroll in a bookkeeping course, enabling her to keep the accounts for R.E. Boulton and Sons Ranch. She later went on to obtain her GED, and, at the age of 60, her AA Degree. This would remain one of Alice’s proudest achievements.

After the children were grown, Alice began a small ceramics shop business which she ran for many years. Later, upon John’s retirement, he and Alice became very involved in the creation of the Silt Historical Park, which they continued to enjoy and nurture for many years, much as one would a child.

Alice was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, and an avid community volunteer. She assisted Mary Jane’s girl scout troop for 6 years and also the 4-H for several years. She devoted countless hours of her time, not only to Silt’s Historical Park, but also to the E.D. Moore Care Center.

Alice always enjoyed handwork and crafts of many kinds. Along with ceramics, she liked to knit, crochet, and sew. Her last big project was a beautiful paper-pieced quilt. She also enjoyed country western music, and while Alice had many diverse hobbies and talents, reading remained her lifelong, perhaps favorite, pastime of all.

Survivors include daughter Mary Jane (Dene) Hangs; son John R. Jr. (Nancy) Boulton; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends. Alice was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother Phillip Sonntag; and an infant brother.

Graveside services will be held at Rosehill Cemetery in Rifle, Colorado, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at 10 a.m. A memorial luncheon for family and friends will follow at the Rifle Senior Center, 100 Ute, Rifle.

In lieu of flowers, it is kindly requested that any memorial contributions be made to the Silt Historical Park, Box 401, Silt, Colorado 81652


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