Mary Lou was born in Paris, Idaho, to David and Edna Bolton. She was the fourth of eight children, and the oldest daughter. She attended grade school in Paris, and graduated from Fielding High School. She was working at the creamery when she met Walt Herrick. They always said that her glasses were steamed up and that he didn’t have his glasses on. They were married in Logan, Utah, in 1946. Walt worked as a heavy equipment operator, so they moved around a lot in the early years of their marriage. They lived in Paris, Idaho; Etna, Wyo.; Grace, Idaho; Chubbuck, Idaho; Firth, Idaho, just to name a few.
In 1960, they moved to Boise, Idaho, where Walt went to work as a mechanic for MK. Mary Lou said that she loved following him around to the different places they lived, loved meeting new people (with whom she would be friends for years), seeing new places and different parts of the country.
In 1964, Walt was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in December of that year. Mary Lou was pretty heartbroken, but she had four children to take care of. She started attending business school and received training in bookkeeping. She then worked in a succession of jobs with Madison’s Furniture, Rife Wilson, and Goodman Oil. During her training and work years, she was still a full-time mother.
After she retired from Goodman Oil, she remained in Boise for a number of years, then moved to Brigham City, Utah. She had good times with her sister Elaine, who lived in Brigham City. She then moved to Montpelier, Idaho, where she had many good times with the “kids” she grew up with that lived in the area. She also had a great time with her brother, Gordon Bolton, and his wife, Elaine. Montpelier was also close to her son, Jon, and his family, as well as some
grand kids in Utah. Eventually, she grew tired of the harsh Bear Lake weather and returned to Boise, residing for a time in a senior housing facility off Fairview Avenue where she had many friends and a wonderful, caring environment. When she became unable to live on her own, she moved to Copper Springs
Senior Living, where she resided a little over three years before passing away in her sleep on May 9, 2019.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She enjoyed visiting different temples and was sealed to Walt in March of 1996 in the Logan, Utah, temple.
She is survived by her sister, Elaine Windley, of Brigham City, Utah, her brother, Jerry Bolton (Lorraine), of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and by her children, Lyn Morris of Collinsville, Oklahoma; Dale Herrick (Sharon) of Boise, Idaho; Kay Herrick Hansen (Ron) of Collinsville, Oklahoma; and Jon Herrick (Nancy) of Pocatello. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 34great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Edna Bolton, and by her brothers, Gordon, Walt, Charles Evan, Russ and Clare.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 12040 W. Amity Rd., Boise, with a viewing beginning at 10:00 am.