Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:52 am
The Messenger, May 10, 2011
Carolyn (Botts) Board, 92, of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Obion County and of Park Ridge, Ill., died peacefully May 5, 2011, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.
Graveside services will be held at the East View Cemetery in Union City May 14 at noon. The family requests that memorials may be made in Carolyn’s memory to the Mercy Iowa City Hospital Foundation.
Arrangements are being coordinated through Lensing Funeral Home of Iowa City and White-Ranson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Board was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Rives, daughter of the late Annie Laurie (Griffin) and Claude Botts. After graduating from Union City High School, she attended and graduated with a BA degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 1940. After graduation, she taught high school mathematics and Latin. On April 9, 1941, Carolyn married Ralph Board and they were happily married for 61 years.
She devoted her life to raising her family and giving back to her community. She served on the PTA, served as a Girl Scout leader for many years, was active in her children’s schools, served as chairman for the Park Ridge Community Chest and participated in a number of other local and national fund-raising campaigns. She took great delight playing cards, participating in many bridge and poker clubs. Throughout her life, needlework and gardening were her passions, and she shared many of her original creations with her family and friends. She and her husband enjoyed their many trips throughout the United States as well as travels to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Mrs. Board took great joy in reading all kinds of literature, dancing, collecting antique Oriental mudmen and treasured the many personal friendships she made and kept throughout her lifetime. She loved spending holidays with her family and looked forward to each with childlike wonderment and excitement.
Her family includes her daughter, Cynthia (Board) Schmeiser and husband Russ Schmeiser; two grandchildren, Allyson Schmeiser of Washington, D.C., and Peter Schmeiser of Iowa City; her son-in-law, John Wagner; her niece, her husband and their children, Letha (Botts) and Chuck Lorentz and Russell, Carmen and Nick; and her nephew and his wife and son, Neil and Dawn Botts and McKinney.
Mrs. Board was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Clare (Parks) Botts; her daughter, Claudia (Board) Wagner; her brother, George Botts; her sister, Carmen Martin; and her nephew, Franklin Botts.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.