|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2011|
"That others may have traveled further or in more style bothered me not. For my journey was my own and I found it to be spectacular." Above all, Mary had graciousness, quick and lovely humor, and zest for life. She had an immense energy and could never stand to be idle, nor, to let things go undone.
Mary loved her Meridian community but also loved traveling throughout the world, playing bridge, and working in her "organizations". Most of all she loved her family and friends. Others could always count on her for help; and her many friends stood by to support her through the end of her days.
Born Mary Julia Peters in Idaho Falls, September 14, 1914, Mary graduated valedictorian from her high school at age 15 and went on to earn a degree in education from University of Idaho Southern Branch (now ISU) in Pocatello.
At college she met Swede (AKA Eldon!) Boice and they were married in October 1937 shortly after he graduated pharmacy school. Their daughter Saundra was born in Boise in September, 1938 and son Ted in Nampa on New Year's Day, 1944.
Swede and Mary lived and worked in a few communities (most notably Nampa) before settling in Meridian, Idaho in 1946. There they owned and operated the Meridian Drug Center from 1947 until 1967. The crew of the drug center was their second family.
Swede and Mary traveled in earnest; Mary continued after Swede passed away in 1986. At last count, Mary had been in at least 86 countries. She loved being at sea, traveling around the world at least twice on tramp steamers and taking cruises whenever possible. For her 80th birthday she boarded a student river boat in Ecuador and went down the Amazon (we have a great picture of her holding the head of a giant boa constrictor). Mary has been on every continent except Antarctica, nearly every major river in the world, walked on the Great Wall of China, climbed the Masada, ridden camels in Egypt, sailed around the horn, and floated down the Boise River on an inner-tube.
Mary was a 68-year member and Past Matron of Eastern Star, and a 60-year member of Daughters of the Nile. She was the oldest Job's Daughter in Idaho, having been with Bethel #2 in Idaho Falls. Mary was known as "Gramma Mary" by Bethel #6 Job's Daughters where she was Past Bethel Guardian; she felt special warmth for all the Job's Daughters and her eyes twinkled when she thought of the pranks and mischief she had taught them. She was a charter member and Past President of Chapter BZ, PEO. She was Grand Chaplain in 1985 for the Grand Council, who awarded her the Degree of Royal Purple for her years of service. Mary was also active in the Meridian Methodist Church.
For Mary's last several months she lived in Reno with her son, Ted, and his wife, Carol. In Reno, for her 97th birthday she received over 200 cards and letters from her friends. She looked at those cards every day and talked warmly about each person. She kept her warmth, humor, and positive outlook to the end.
Mary is survived by daughter, Saundra (Lowell-Ben) Bennett, Nampa; son, Ted (Carol) Boice, Reno, NV; grandchildren, Sue (Kemet) Pitman of Yakima, WA; Larry (Audrey) Bennett of St. Paul, MN; great-grandchildren, Mike Pitman and Ben (Laura) Pitman, Yakima, WA.
Services will be held at the Meridian Methodist Church, Thursday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials to honor Mary's memory can be made to the Meridian United Methodist Church, Meridian Jobs Daughters Bethel #6, Meridian OES Chapter #66, or PEO Chapter BZ.
Published in Idaho Statesman on December 21, 2011
Created by: Barb
Record added: Dec 21, 2011
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