|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1876|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1963|
Kit Carson County
Mrs. Ben H. Boese passed away the morning of Dec. 26, 1963, in the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington after a long illness at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 8 days.
Mary J. Dirks was one of eight children born to Heinrich B. Dirks and Elisabeth (Jantz) Dirks who had immigrated from Karolswalde, Russian Volhynia. She was born Feb. 18, 1876, in Lancaster, Pa., where she spent her childhood. In 1894 the family moved to Avon, S.D., where she met and married Ben H. Boese Nov. 22, 1895. Three children were born to this union.
After farming for a number of years in South Dakota, they moved to Colorado in 1907 as homesteaders where roots were set down for the permanent family home.
She was the last of the old pioneers still residing in the immediate community known as Pleasant Valley, southwest of Vona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, her husband, Ben H. Boese, in 1957, and their daughter, Mrs. Edith Swartz (1897 - 1958).
She is survived by two sons - Arthur of Vona and Roy of Fruita; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry Ewert of Avon, S.D.; three brothers - Rev. John Dirks of Beresford, S.D.; the Rev. Henry Dirks of Upland, Calif.; and Mr. Ben Dirks of Miami, Fla.
She was baptized at the age of 16 and thereafter lived a consistant Christian life.
The funeral service was held in the Mennonite Church south of Vona on Dec. 28, 1963. The Hendricks Mortuary of Burlington had charge of the arrangements.
Pastor Eldon L. Boese, a grandson, read the scripture and led the prayer. Pastor Roy R. Boese, a son, read the obituary. The Rev. W. C. Garbeson of Denver brought the message.
Pallbearers were D.J.Tanner, Wilbert Becker, J.Harrison, Don Easarey, John Wigton, and John Mumford. Interment was in the cemetery near the Mennonite Church.
Heinrich B Dirks (1841 - 1922)
Elisabeth Jantz Dirks (1849 - 1923)
Benjamin H. Boese (1871 - 1957)*
Arthur Lewis Boese (1899 - 1982)*
Susanna Dirks Ratzlaff (1870 - 1922)*
Mary J. Dirks Boese (1876 - 1963)
Elizabeth Dirks Unruh (1877 - 1958)*
Emma Dirks Ewert (1884 - 1971)*
John H. Dirks (1886 - 1970)*
Harry H Dirks (1888 - 1972)*
Benjamin H Dirks (1891 - 1976)*
New Friedensberg Mennonite Cemetery
Kit Carson County
Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Jul 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20310560
Added: Jun. 19, 2011