Bishop Beverly M. Bolding, "Shaman Pee Mee", 83 of Goffstown died Thursday September 9 at her residence in East Baldwin, ME. after a long illness.
She was the daughter of Knute and Muriel (Hamlin) Nelson and was born November 7, 1921 in Manchester. Bishop Bolding was a resident of Goffstown for over 50 years, and in recent years also maintained a second residence in East Baldwin, ME. Until her retirement, she was the bookkeeper for NH Pallet Co. of Goffstown.
In her life: She was part Mohawk and Abenaki by birth and followed the Apache ways of her late husband Chief He who Walks Tall, who was head of the Boldwing Apache Clan of Virginia and New Hampshire. She was Medicine Person & Elder of the Boldwing clan. Bishop Bolding was ordained in the Mother Earth Church. In 1980 she founded and was minister of the "Native American Mother Earth Church" of New Hampshire, and was made Bishop in 1985. In 1984 she helped pass a law for protection of Native American burial sites, and for re-interment of Indian skeletal remains. She was instrumental in securing 7 acres of land in northern NH for that purpose. She worked for over 20 years to accomplish this achievement.
She was a volunteer Native American Chaplain at the NH State Prison in Concord for many years, and also served that capacity at many nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly. She was a singer with the "Boldwing Warrior Drum Group", a member of the NH Indian Council, the Intertribal Council and LIHA of Sanbornton, the NH Archeological Society and Past Master of Junior Grange no. 150 of Grasmere.
She was predeceased by her husband William L. Bolding in 1994, widow of Winburn Eaton of Weare and former wife of the late Bernard Phelps of Weare. Members of her family include 3 sons- Bernard "Larry" Phelps of Dunbarton, Ronald Phelps of Goffstown, and Nelson Bolding of Goffstown, 1 daughter- Muriel (Eaton) Gentley of East Baldwin, ME. numerous grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Sunday September 11 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the French & Rising Funeral Home 17 South Mast Street Goffstown, NH Indian services will be conducted Monday September 12 at 10 am at the funeral home by Chief Nelson Bolding and Sparkling Water, prior to burial at Hillside Cemetery of Grasmere.