BANGOR – Beverly M. (Alexander) Boardman died unexpectedly Sept. 30, 2012. She was born in Benton, the youngest daughter of Clifton and Violet (Boston) Alexander.
Beverly attended Fairfield schools, and after graduating from Lawrence High School in 1936, she attended Westbrook College, the School of Occupational Therapy and Handcraft, Boston, and Lawrence University in Wisconsin. She began her career in Hallowell as an arts and crafts instructor at the Stevens School, Hallowell. During World War II she served in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital, San Francisco. After the war Beverly advanced her occupational therapy career through a variety of positions at Pine Tree Camp, Hyde Memorial Home, Shriners Hospital and Thayer Hospital. In 1956 she accepted a position at the internationally known Georgia Warms Springs Foundation, where she served as an occupational therapist for almost 20 years, with the exception of a brief period as director of occupational therapy at The Burlington (Vt.) Rehabilitation Center. In the mid-1970s, she returned to Maine to be closer to family. She was employed in Waterville as an occupational therapist at Mid-Maine Medical Center until her retirement. She spent time in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her mother, and her older sister, Avis Boardman and Avis’ husband, James. After Avis passed away, Beverly and James eventually married. They settled in Bangor and were well known in the seasonal community at Hancock Point, where they spent summers at the family cottage. During much of her life there was a cat in Bev’s home. Many were strays or shelter cats that she adopted and cared for. Bev was known for her wonderful sense of humor and her creative talents. She knitted, was an accomplished seamstress, woodworker and leatherworker. In retirement she developed a passion for genealogy and meticulously traced multiple family lines well into the 17th century.
She is survived by Alec Boardman and his wife, Mary, of Cape Elizabeth; great-niece, Bethany Emery of South Portland and her husband and two sons; and great-nephew, Jeff Boardman of Wilmington, N.C, and his wife and daughter.
In accordance with Beverly’s request, there will be no memorial service. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery, Fairfield. Contributions in her memory can be made to The Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.