Mavis Irene Newell Bolling


June 17, 1914 - May 17, 2012




      Mavis Irene Newell Bolling was born on June 17, 1914 seven miles north of Forestburg in a farmhouse in Sanborn County to Scott and Grace (Amick) Phillips. Mavis was the first-born and had two brothers and two sisters-Lawrence, LaVerne, Imogene and Eunice.  She attended Lane Consolidated School, Newcome School and graduated from Wessington Springs High School.  After graduation, Mavis attended Wessington Springs Junior College and earned a teaching certificate.  She taught in several country schools in Beadle, Sanborn and Davison Counties.

     Mavis was married to Harold D. Newell in July, 1939 near Huron.  They moved to rural Letcher where they farmed until 1970.  They had a son, Philip Delmar, who died in infancy.  They had no other children, but they took several foster children into their home over the years.

     In August, 1975 Mavis married Winwood “Earl” Bolling in Letcher, SD.  They moved to Earl’s home Belleview, Washington and lived there for several years.  They returned to South Dakota in 1980 and lived on the farm near Letcher until 1985 when they moved to Mitchell.

     Mavis enjoyed doing handicraft and was a member of Prairie People Handicraft Club for twenty-nine years.  She helped organize the group and served as treasurer, bookkeeper and sales representative.  Gardening was another one of her passions-raising roses, peonies and many other flowers.  She loved her family and was always interested in the activities of her many nieces and nephews.  She had a deep abiding love for God.

     Grateful for sharing her life are her sister, Eunice Postma, Kansas City, MO, and her nieces and nephews, Mark Phillips, Jennifer Chance, Joyce Olson, Maureen Kunkel, David Phillips, Larry Phillips, Vicki Phillips-Sonne, Leslie Barber, Scott Phillips, Nate Postma, Natalae Postma Tillman, Scott Postma, Judi Cummings, Sandy Dahme, Melvin Schimke and Gary Schimke. 

     Preceding her in death are her parents, her husbands, Harold and Earl, her son, Philip, her brothers, Lawrence Phillips and LaVerne Phillips, her sister, Imogene in infancy and her nephew, Gary Phillips.



Sunday, May 20, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, May 21, 2012
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Restlawn Memory Gardens
Monday, May 21, 2012 ~ 1:30 PM
Huron, South Dakota

Posted by Dennis and Phyllis Barringer on January 3, 2013
So sorry to hear if Mavis's passing..she was Dennis's aunt by marriage to Harold Newell...Mavis visited often at Evelyn's home in Mitchell, and i got to know her after our marriage in 1959. i once visited her craft store in Mitchell, and 1 christmas she gave us a Candle Jar she had made, she was a fine person, and always glad to see 2004 my daughter visited her, we were doing genelogy research...she was so helpful...we spent hours with her...sure hope all her scrapbooks, and photo books are treasured by someone in her family...they are history..thanks for letting me share, will miss you
Posted by Vicki on May 19, 2012
We all knew it was a matter of time before Mavis went home to the Lord but just didn't realize how much it would hurt. All the long talks we shared, as she aged she mellowed & would show me her funny side & shared jokes that were a little off-colored !! (her
words) She always tried to save Christmas eve for my side of her family & some 4th of july's where she was a comedian. I learned so much about family from her. She's been fading the last few years but the lady she was will always be treasured in my heart. Love you Mavis & enjoy your time in peace..
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