Mary Evangeline O’Connor Boulet, born July 22, 1919, died peacefully in her sleep on January 23, 2008, having lived a full life blessed with family and friends. Mary was born and raised in Chicago and Crystal Lake, Illinois, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in fine arts at the University of Illinois, and began her career teaching modern dance at Northwestern University before meeting and marrying the love of her life, John. The two lived in Milwaukee, where John, Jr. and Peggy were born, and then briefly in Minnesota and Colorado Springs before settling in Phoenix in 1954, the year Jennie was born. Mary began teaching at Phoenix College in 1955, enriching the lives of her modern dance students, pom-pom squads, and colleagues with her sense of humor and joyful spirit for more than twenty-five years. She loved to sing, as well as dance, was a committed member of The McConnell Singers for many years, serving as its president for a term and always as a willing volunteer, and also sang with the choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Preceded in death by her husband John, who died too young in 1975, and all of us who knew of their deep love for each other celebrate, with her, their reunion. Predeceased also by her brother, Bobby, and sister, Rita, she will be greatly missed by sisters Elaine Holquist, Jeanne Biel, and brother, Jim, her children, John Gail, Peggy Welch, Jennie Jim Webb; grandchildren Michelle, John, Steffan, Ryan, and Connor; honorary grandchildren Lisa and Barron; seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many, many friends who took good care of her, just as she took good care of all of us. Her heart was full of love. Visitation on Friday, January 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., with Rosary at 7:00 P.M., at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7655 E. Main St., Scottsdale, on Saturday, January 26 at 10:00 A.M. followed by interment at St. Francis Cemetery.
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