WOODLAND, NC – Mary Anne Ricks Bolton, lovingly known as Gaga, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2023, at the age of 83. She was born on November 5, 1939, in Conway, North Carolina, to her parents Garland Ricks and Helen Sears Ricks.
Mary Anne had a sweet, gentle spirit and was a devoted member of Woodland Methodist Church. Her strong faith and love for God were evident in every aspect of her life. After graduating from high school, she pursued higher education at East Carolina University.
As a homemaker, Mary Anne centered her life around her beloved family, considering her children and grandchildren to be the greatest treasures in her life. She found immense joy in spending time with them and created countless cherished memories. She adored her role as Gaga, a name affectionately given to her by her grandchildren and friends.
In addition to her commitment to her family, Mary Anne was a true Patriot and dedicated herself to serving her community. She actively participated in the Board of Elections and took pride in playing a part in the process.
Mary Anne is preceded in death by her father, Garland Ricks; her mother, Helen Sears Ricks; her loving husband, James “Huck” C. Bolton, III; her brothers, Steve Ricks and Billy Ricks.
She will be forever remembered and dearly missed by her surviving family, including her two sons: James “Cener” Bolton, IV (Terri) and Billy Bolton, her daughter Rachel Bolton Little; her five grandsons: Jack Bolton, Blake Bolton, Ben Bolton, Will Bolton, and Matt Little (Gigi); her three granddaughters: Brittany Graham (James), Haley Mallegni (Toby), and Ivey Little Lee (Sam); and her two great-granddaughters, Junie Mallegni and Erin Graham.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Mary Anne’s life will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ECU Health and Hospice, 521 East Myers Street, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or online by clicking here. This will enable others to receive the same compassionate care that Mary Anne was fortunate to have in her final days.
May Mary Anne Ricks Bolton rest in eternal peace, knowing that she touched the lives of many with her kindness, devotion, and beautiful spirit. Her memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to those who were privileged to know her.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Bolton family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.