WILMINGTON — Marilyn Lee Boehling, 88, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at The Davis Health Care Center in Wilmington, N.C.
Marilyn was born Aug. 28, 1928, the oldest child of Shirley Ehrgott and Orville M. Lee. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her loving husband of 58 years, William “Bill” A. Boehling, and is survived by her brother, Robert “Bob” E. Lee; and sister, Lois Jean “Loje” Brown.
She is also survived by her six children, William “Bill,” and his wife, Deborah, Rebecca Boehling, and her husband, Mark Lipkus, Christopher, Lawrence “Larry,” and his wife, Mona, Steve, and his wife, Natalie, and Eric, and his wife, Shelley; eight grandchildren, Guenevere, Ginny, Jackson, Andrew, Mitchell, Brock, Corrie Lee and Daniel, were a special delight in her lifetime of 88 years.
Marilyn was class valedictorian at her high school in Highland Springs, Va., and in college was a member of the Tri Sigma Sorority. She graduated from James Madison University in 1949. She began her career as a teacher and later worked at the Richmond Times Dispatch, where she met her future husband, Bill. They married in 1953 and moved to Wilmington in 1956, where she continued to reside until her death.
Marilyn was active in church, business and several civic clubs. She was a former council member of both the parish of Saint Mary Catholic Church and the Cape Fear Deanery, and was a Eucharistic lay minister. She remained an active member of the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary until her death. In the 1970’s, she returned to teaching and taught at St. Mary School.
Later, she and her husband owned and operated a real estate brokerage and appraisal company. She served as an officer of the Wilmington Board of Realtors and was a member of the Wilmington Woman’s Club for over 40 years, serving as a past president. She also served as a board member for the local NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) chapter, and for many years volunteered at Tileston Outreach.
The family will receive friends and acquaintances from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, 412 Ann St., Wilmington. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Richmond, Va., at the chapel in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Marilyn Boehling may be made to The Sister Isaac Center, formerly known as Tileston Outreach, 412 Ann St., Wilmington, NC 28401; or The Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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