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Cora Mae (Young) Bolden of Coffeyville passed away on August 31, 2018 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.


Cora was born on August 5, 1943 in Shelby, Mississippi to the late Douglas Young and Jessie Young. To this union eight children were born. Cora was the first daughter born of these children.  Cora spent her childhood growing up in Memphis, Tennessee where she received her education and graduated from Mitchell Road High School in 1961. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and personal Savior and attended St. Paul Church of God in Christ, in Memphis Tennessee.

After graduation she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she studied at Chicago University. In 1962, she met Mack Arthur Tompkins Jr. and to that union of three years was born a son, Mack Tompkins.  Cora was employed by Mars Candy Company and worked there for ten plus years. While residing in Chicago, Cora met the love of her life of fifty-three years, Robert E. Bolden. To that union was born a son Curtis Alexander Bolden in 1971.


In 1983, the family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. Thereafter, Cora worked at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) for a short time. She was later employed at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kansas where she then retired after eighteen years of service.  Cora was well known through the community and became a Foster Parent to many children. She loved to decorate, cook, bowl – an awesome bowler at that, to where she even won many tournaments. But most of all she loved to spend time with her family.  Cora was a member of the Berean Christian Mission Center for many years in Independence, Kansas.

When her health began to fail she united with Sardis First Missionary Baptist Church under the late leadership of Dr. V.O. Horn.  Cora was quiet, soft spoken, and a gentle person who hardly ever met a stranger and treated everyone she knew with kindness and love. Her loving husband, her sons, and her grand and great grandchildren was her passion. Cora was especially proud of her grandson Curtis Bolden Jr. (C.J.) for all of his help and achievements.


Cora was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Michael Carl (Pete) Young, Howard Young, and Andre Young. Cora leaves to cherish her memory, Husband – Robert E. Bolden, Sons – Mack (Renee) Tompkins, Bellflower, California and Curtis Bolden Sr., Kansas City, Kansas, Brothers – Eugene Young, Chicago, Illinois, John (Mary) Young, Chicago, Illinois, Alva Young, Merrillville, Indiana, and a Sister – Beverly (Burl) Love, Inglewood, California, and a Sister-In-Law – Virginia Young, Detroit, Michigan. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.


Home going service will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS 67337.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 also at the chapel from 9 am to 1 pm, friends are welcome to sign the register until 5 pm.  Burial will be immediately follow the service at Fairview Cemetery also in Coffeyville.  To leave a message of condolence for the family visit


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