Frances Elizabeth (Betty) Boice, 96, of Fulton, Mo., peacefully passed away March 19, 2013, at Fulton Manor Care Center. She was born in Washington, Iowa, Sept. 1, 1916, the daughter of William Homer Stephen and Clara Grace Hunter Stephen. Betty married her long time love Clyde Latta Boice also of Washington, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1937. Together they raised six children, Sarah B. Mays of Point Reyes Station, Calif.; Stephen Boice (Joan) of La Selva Beach, Calif.; James Boice (DruAnn) of Sheep Ranch, Calif.; Susan B. McMenamin (Charles); Margret B. Randolph (Lance) and Allison Boice, both of Fulton.
She attended the University of Iowa where she majored in Art. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and past member of PEO. She had a life-long interest in oil paintings, fiber art, and home decorating. While her husband Clyde was in medical school, she worked as a technician in the Department of Pathology helping to put her husband through school. After WWII, she and Clyde settled in Los Altos Hills, Calif., there they reared their six children, along with many dogs, cats, horses, goats, a few ducks, and other animals the children brought home.
When Clyde retired in 1976 they moved to Orcas Island, Wash. There she continued her interests in fiber art. She was also a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. In 1993, Betty and Clyde moved from Orcas Island to Fulton to be nearer their two daughters, Allison Boice and Margret (Peg) Randolph.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by: their five children, five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Clyde Boice; and one daughter, Susan Boice McMenamin.
Betty has requested cremation and that her ashes be scattered along with her husband’s in the Pacific Ocean. Her cremation arrangements will be handled by Heartland Cremation and Burial in Columbia, Mo. A family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Callaway County Humane Society, P.O. Box 795, Fulton, MO 65251 or a charity of choice.