PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 Elizabeth Sands (Elliot) Bolles, 92, of Portsmouth RI, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 23, 2020.\n\n\n\nElizabeth, known to all as \u201cBambi,\u201d was born in Newport, Rhode Island on July 22, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Sands Elliot O\u2019Connell of Newport and the late Lieutenant Giraud Foster Elliot of the British Royal Artillery. Bambi was the descendant of a prominent Newport naval family. Her grandfather, Frederick Parker Sands, was the owner of the Newport Shipyard. Her great grandfather, Dr. Austin Ledyard Sands, was an original incorporator of the medical board of Newport Hospital in 1873.\n\nBambi was a year-round resident of Newport during her early childhood years attending Miss Collings School and St. Columba\u2019s Chapel. When she was 10, she and her mother moved to New York City but returned to Newport every summer to their family home on Greenough Place. Bambi shared stories of the beach and being an aircraft spotter atop St. George\u2019s Chapel tower during WWII. She graduated from the Spence School in NYC in 1945. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Barnard College in 1949. Bambi went to Union Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 1952, and studied under Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr. In her twenties, she returned to Newport and was the Director of Religious Education at Trinity Church. Bambi married the Reverend H\u00e9bert W. Bolles on June 4, 1955 at Trinity Church. They were devoted companions for 58 years. He predeceased her in 2013.\n\nBambi leaves behind four beloved children: Elliot Foster Bolles, Ed.D. of Stafford, VA, the Reverend Anne Elizabeth Bolles-Beaven, Priest-in-Charge of St. Columba\u2019s Chapel, Middletown, RI, Paul H\u00e9bert Bolles of New York City and M. Katherine \u201cKate\u201d Bragan of Portsmouth, RI. Bambi leaves 6 cherished grandchildren: Stephen Parnell Bolles of New York City, Allison Lynn Bolles of Cambridge, MA, Emma Sands Bolles-Beaven and William Norman Bolles-Beaven, both of New York City, Gwenyth Sands Bragan and Lila Foster Bragan, both of Portsmouth, RI.\n\nBambi and H\u00e9bert started their married life in Wakefield, RI, where H\u00e9bert was the Rector of Ascension Episcopal Church. The family then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where H\u00e9bert served as Canon of the Cathedral. In 1961, H\u00e9bert, a Navy Veteran from World War II, returned to active duty as a Navy Chaplain. The family followed H\u00e9bert to duty stations in Newport, RI, Boston, MA, Norfolk, VA, and Argentia, Newfoundland, returning to Portsmouth, RI, in 1972.\n\nBambi was an active participant in the Navy Wives Club throughout H\u00e9bert\u2019s military career. The couple shared a deep and abiding faith in God and Bambi was active in the Episcopal Church throughout her life. She loved Aquidneck Island and was an active supporter of Save the Bay. She was an officer of the Portsmouth Historical Society, active in the Episcopal Church Women, and together with her husband, recognized for distinguished and meritorious service to the Episcopal Charities Fund of RI. Bambi organized food delivery for Meals on Wheels for over 30 years and was a Preservation Society tour guide in Newport for more than a decade. She lived life grateful for it all. She was faithful, loyal, loving and a woman of indomitable spirit.\n\nDue to present circumstances, the burial will be private in St. Columba\u2019s churchyard. A memorial service will be held there in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Saint Columba's Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, RI, 02842.