Waltraud "Trudy" Lilly Bolden

Oct 14, 1934 – Mar 15, 2017

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Waltraud “Trudy” Lilly Bolden

Waltraud “Trudy” Lilly Bolden was born on October 14, 1934 in West Breman, Germany to Erik and Margaret Bolze. As one of 11 children, she was a responsible daughter and sister, growing up fast after her mother died during childbirth and Trudy was tasked with helping raise her siblings.  In the early morning hours of March 15, 2017, Trudy fell into eternal slumber after a 5 year battle with Lung Cancer. In 1992, Trudy packed up and moved from Compton California to Seattle, Washington. Trudy thrived in Washington and went to work as a Food Technician at First A.M.E. Head Start where she worked for 22 years. At lunch you could always find her across the street at Starbucks on 23rd & Jackson Street, enjoying her drip coffee. It was at that particular Starbucks that many family members would fly in and surprise her because you could set your watch by her visits there, she retired in 2014. She loved to shop and had a stylish wardrobe, she loved to dance and she loved watching the community dancing till dusk in downtown Seattle. Trudy loved her family! She wasn’t bothered by the rambunctiousness of kids or the noise when they all got together and talked all over each other. As often as she could, she supported the kids in their sporting events and recitals, making her way to the front of the crowds to holler “that’s my baby!” You couldn’t miss her voice because though it came from one so small, it carried authority and love and a heavy German accent mixed with a little Compton/CD slang. Preceding Waltraud “Trudy” Bolden in death are her parents, her daughter Delores and sons Horst and Eric and grandson Preston.  Left to cherish her memory and honor her legacy are her 3 daughters, Diana Bereal (Michael) Compton, CA, Patricia Mitchell (Robert) Seattle, WA, Ursula Casey (Will) Paramount, CA, and son Patrick of Los Angeles, CA, 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and hundreds of children who passed through her loving care during her life as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. Trudy’s tenacity and love of life will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.  Family and friends are invited to share their memories with the family on Bonney-Watson’s website.

A Memorial Service for Trudy will be held at

Washington Memorial Park

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 12:00 p.m.

16445 International Blvd.

SeaTac WA 98188

Memorial gifts and cards to the family, can be sent to:

923 23rd Ave S Seattle WA 98144


Bobby Parker
Paramount, ca
Mar 25, 2017

Rest In Peace! A wonderful Mother- In- Law.

Deedra J Davis
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Mar 24, 2017

I'm so glad to have met this lovely lady so many years ago. To close my eyes and picture Auntie (as she allowed me to call her with affection) I see her beautiful smile. It showed me her warmth and strength. I saw in her eyes the love she had for her children & for other children that crossed her path. I know you will R.I.P. (Rest in paradise) Auntie you are going to be loved & missed not only by your family but by those who encountered your beautiful smile & bright eyes. Love DeeDee

Deborah Coleman
Seattle, Wa
Mar 24, 2017

sending love and blessings to the family RIP Ms Trudy aka grandma!!

Willard Casey Hughes
Long Beach , CA
Mar 23, 2017

U will be forever missed and remembered in our hearts, minds and households you were the sweetest person i knew I'll love u always momma Bolden and thank u for your precious gift to me my wife Ursula Casey Hughes.

Nina Bereal
Compton , Ca
Mar 23, 2017

God has called his beautiful angel home may God continue to bless your family at this time. I love you guys and I will continue to pray for everyone.

Piet Bereal
Oakland, CA
Mar 22, 2017

Ms. Trudi as Diane's mom, my cousins' mother, was available to talk to as her presence was clearly felt...which, for me, is a heAli g gift, wielded by angels.

Joan Tukes
Renton, Wa
Mar 21, 2017

May God be with you and bless you and your family during this time. Thank God for many years and memories that her children grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have to cherish always. Trust God guide you through this journey. Remember, you're never alone. God loves you and so do I.

Sacha Wyattt
Seattle, Wa
Mar 21, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. I am glad I had the pleasure to meet Trudy, she was truly a nice lady with a beautiful smile, she will surely be missed. Condolences from the Wyatt family.

Layton Bereal
Compton, Ca
Mar 21, 2017

Erica Williams / Dorothy Phylow
Long Beach, CA
Mar 21, 2017

Sending our condolences and prayers to the family in this very hard time, may God be there to wipe your tears away. We love you Ursula and were here if you need anything.

Keith & Michele Wilson
Los Angeles, Ca
Mar 21, 2017

Sending our and condolences to your family in this time of need. May the memories held deep inside your heart help to comfort you. You're in our prayers. With deepest sympathy.

Diane Bereal-Childers
Corona , CA
Mar 21, 2017

I've known Ms. Bolden since I was eight years old. Its not too many people i would trust to watch my children but i trusted her with all four. She loved mine as if they were hers and i loved her for that and more. Ms. Bolden will be truly missed. Rest in Heaven after you dance on the streets of gold.

This obituary is provided by Bonney-Watson, providing caring and compassionate funeral, cremation and cemetery services since 1868. We have a professional staff, four funeral homes, two cremation facilities and one of the largest cemeteries south of Seattle, as well as a comprehensive grief support program.