It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Racene, loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Feb 17th, 2021 due to cardiac arrest.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” Bolin, parents H. Ray Johnson, Opal Spencer Burke, son in law David Pate and granddaughter Andrea Pate.
She is survived by her children Renna Pate, John Hankins, Rhonda Wilson, Ron (Delinda) Freeman, Rachelle Abel, and three stepchildren. Twenty grandchildren, thirty-seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren siblings Janie Crouse and Jamie (Barbara) Johnson.
Racene was born on Dec 20th, 1941 in Carthage Mo.
She was a 1959 graduate of Fort Osage high school in Independence, Mo.
Being an avid reader and having a love of books she started working for Mid-Continent Public Library in 1984. She worked there for 20 years retiring in 2004 to start her quilting business. She used her longarm machine “Bertha” to create beautiful keepsakes for her customers. She had a passion for all things quilting; making hundreds possibly thousands of quilts during the last 40yrs of her life. She belonged to many quilting guilds and groups including Calico Quilters, The Strippers, Lees Summit Quilt Guild and the Outlaw Quilters. She was also highly skilled with knitting needles and crochet hooks belonging to groups that made prayer shawls for those in need. In the early years of her retirement she spent time at Liberty Hospital sewing comfort pillows, and rocking infants in need being the highlight of her volunteer experience.
Racene was a devoted and active member of the First United Methodist Church for 40 years. Every morning she would sit down to eat her toast, drink hot tea and read her bible.
Racene will Lie-In-State at Bross and Spidle Funeral Home from 5 PM to 7 PM, Monday, Feb. 22. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 1 PM at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Racene can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs MO.