Carmen Ann <I>Cengotita</I> Boyington

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Carmen Ann Cengotita Boyington

Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Death 13 Feb 2016 (aged 66)
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 158305900 · View Source
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Carmen Ann Boyington (Cengotita), age 66, died suddenly in Boise, Idaho on February 13, 2016 while at her home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at St. John's Cathedral in Boise. Carmen was born April 12, 1949 in Boise. As a child she roamed the neighborhood around Grove Street, relishing in the sense of community generated by her extended Basque family. She attended St. Theresa's and St. Joseph's Catholic Schools, and she graduated from Boise High School in 1967. After high school, she took business classes at Boise Junior College. On June 6, 1970 Carmen married her childhood sweetheart, Richard "Rick" Boyington, whom she had known since the age of ten. The newlyweds embarked on journeys that took them to Oakland, California and Rathdrum, Idaho where Carmen gave birth to their first child, Eric, in 1973. Carmen and Rick returned to Boise in 1975, settling down to raise their young family. Carmen worked as a dental assistant for several years before giving birth to their daughter, Micaela, in 1979. Two years later Carmen embarked on what would become her life's work: she opened Carmen's Care in her home. What began as a small daycare with a few kids eventually grew into a bustling operation in which Carmen oversaw as many as twelve children. She cherished the fact that she had found a career that was professionally and personally fulfilling while allowing her to be home when Eric and Micaela returned from school each day. She reluctantly closed the daycare in 2000, managing rental properties that she had acquired with Rick and taking care of her mother, Petra, after Rick's sudden passing in 2001. She also volunteered at The Flicks for several years, continuing to nurture her connection to the broader Boise community. Even if her retirement did not play out as she had envisioned, Carmen embraced the challenges and freedoms that came with her new circumstances. Carmen's free spirit defies easy categorization. She loved to travel, to listen to music, and to go to movies. Above all, she loved people. She was fun, quick to laugh, generous to a fault, and always seemingly on the verge of dancing. At the same time she anchored herself in the seriousness of any given moment, providing a shoulder, a sympathetic heart, or a guiding hand to anyone in need. Perhaps many of us can aspire to such heights within our own families, but the magnitude of Carmen's humanity might be best measured in the kindness she showed to strangers. No matter who you were or where you came from, she invited you to share your joy and, often, your pain. Carmen could engage in light chit-chat, but she much preferred to tap into the core strengths and struggles that exist in all of us. The joys of her own children and grandchildren, the diversity of personalities among her "adopted" daycare kids, and the pain of losing Rick far too young, gave her a wealth of life experiences from which to draw. Those who knew Carmen were her friends; everyone else just hadn't met her yet. Carmen was preceded in death by her father, Pete; her mother, Petra; her mother-in-law, Claire; her sister-in-law, Pam; and her husband, Rick. She is survived by her son, Eric; her daughter, Micaela (Zach); her sister, Teresa (Leon); her nephews, Brian (Carol) and Craig; her nieces Diane (Mike) and Gina (Craig); her grandchildren, Nate, Zach, Amaia, and Isabel; and many more cousins, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to Euzkaldunak Inc.; or the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702. To share memories and leave condolences for the family, please visit Carmen's page at

Published in Idaho Statesman Feb. 17, 2016

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carmen Ann Cengotita Boyington (12 Apr 1949–13 Feb 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 158305900, citing Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Kelly Howell (contributor 47798985) .