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DEATH: MARY LEE BOSWELL

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A former Southern California civic leader, former resident of Salt Lake City, and most recently of Johnson County, Kansas, Mrs. W. C. Boswell, Jr., passed away last Thursday, August 4, 1994 at the University of Kansas Medical Center after a long, courageous bout with cancer. She was three months short of her 77th birthday.

Born Mary Lee Hudson, November 3, 1917 in Rock Port, Atchison County, Missouri, the deceased was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal faith, and was graduated from the Rock Port school systems. She went on to live in Kansas City, Missouri, then for over 40 years resided in central Torrance, California. There she and her husband became active in education circles, she as a chair of the Mayor's Education Advisory Commission, and "Bill" as a member of the Torrance School Board. She also became president of the Junior Women's Club and head of the Torrance Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, as well as a primary fund raiser for the YWCA.Together with Mrs. Boswell's brother, the couple were co-founders of the Association of Community-Civic Enterprises Needing Theatre (known as ACCENT:Theatre), and of Los Fiestadores Dance Club. The latter organization, translating as The Partygoers, was for the Boswell's appropriately named: They were famous in the South Bay (Torrance- Palos Verdes-Redondo Beach-Manhatten Beach) area for their sociability and warm, spontaneous hospitality. Particularly celebrated were their giant New Year's Eve post-dance parties with complete New Year's Day brunch follow-up.

They lived briefly in Salt Lake City after Mr. Boswell's retirement and before his passing in 1989.

An accomplished golfer, bridge expert and gourmet cook, and popular fashion model at South Bay charity events and for the venerable Levy's Department Store of Torrance fashion shows. Mary Lee was pleased most to be thought of as a fine homemaker and gardener, good neighbor and loving mother and grandmother. Her family and friends will cherish most the memory of her generosity, warmth and capacity to love unconditionally.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Mark (Pamela) Van Saun, of Salt Lake City; a sister, Mrs. John (Frieda) Voss, of Fairway, Kansas; a brother, John Paul "Jack" Hudson, of New York and Honesdale, PA; a stepson, Michael Boswell, of Carrollton, Texas; three granddaughters: Nancy and Donna Boswell, and Katelan Van Saun. Assuredly, a day will not pass that she will not be in their thoughts. All would like to express a profound appreciation for those who provided such loving care during her illness.

Mary Lee's membership in the Neptune Society calls for fulfillment of her donor bequests, and the scattering of her cremated remains over the Pacific Ocean. The family requests that donations be sent to the University of Kansas Cancer Outpatient Center, G-701 Bell, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160-7820.

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