THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Maryon L. Boren
Issue Date: January 3, 2018
Maryon Lillian ("Babe") Boren, 96, of Appleton, formerly of Marinette and Menominee, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 in Appleton surrounded by her family. She was a life-long resident of Marinette and Menominee until moving to The Heritage in Appleton in 2015 to be near family.
Born in 1921 in Menominee, she was the youngest of eight children, born to Frans August ("Gus") Peterson and Mary Kottke. As the youngest in the family she was dubbed "the babe" and, so Babe became her name.
She grew up in Menominee and graduated from Menominee High School in 1939. She met her husband Clark H. ("Buzz") Boren on his father's sailboat during a photoshoot as part of her role as Queen of the Great Lakes and they married April 7, 1945 in Marinette.
She worked as a children's librarian at Spies Public Library in Menominee and then as an Assistant to the Headmaster of the Milwaukee University School while her husband completed medical training.
They returned to Marinette where he entered medical practice at the Boren Clinic. She was busy with three children and participated in community activities. They spent their summers boating on Green Bay Waters and Lake Michigan.
A member of Bethel Lutheran Church for over 50 years, she participated in the Bible Study Group, was a longtime member of PEO Chapter BK and the Dickens Club, was a strong supporter of life-long reading and education, served many terms on the Stephenson Library Board and was a long-term member and supporter of Friends of the Library.
A kind, caring and welcoming person, she made friends easily, loved her family, was supportive of her children and grandchildren, loved Christmas and was able to share this last Christmas with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two children, Clark H. Boren, Jr. (Victoria) and Pamela Jean Gruner (Dean); eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, James A. Boren, MD and a sister-in-law, Jean Boren, who were especially important to her.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clark H. Boren, MD; a son, John Scott Boren; seven siblings and dear sister-in-law, Doris Boren.
Visitation will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Menominee, Mi. on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. A memorial fund was established in her name. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.