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Dorothy Ann Boswell
Dorothy Ann BoswellRed Rose2Dorothy Ann Boswell, 92 of Prospect, died peacefully Thursday July 4, 2019 at her home.

She was born February 1, 1927 in Fostoria to the late Dale Alfred and Leona Mae (Conn) Doner. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Delores Huber.

Dorothy lived in various towns in Ohio during marriage, but loved the Prospect community, moving there in 1958.

Before retiring, she drove a school bus for the Elgin Schools for almost 30 years, retiring in 1992. She retired as Assistant Librarian at the Prospect branch of the Marion Public Library in 1997. For 13 seasons she was manager of the SunSwim Pool in Prospect. In her earlier years she was a bank teller and homemaker.

Dorothy was the first Deaconess, serving the Marion Christian Center until her death. She volunteered at the Church’s food pantry until it closed. She was Head Greeter at the church for many years and continued to serve long after, helping with the Church Book Store and attending faithfully for many years. Dorothy loved her church.

She was an active member of the Prospect Senior Citizens, where she had served as President and held many other offices. She also was active with the Pleasant Senior Citizens, the Marion County Church Women United, the Prospect Gardeners, the Prospect Searchlight Literary Club, and the Marion County County Services for the Aging.

Dorothy served as volunteer tutor at Elgin South under the “Ohio Reads” program for years. She enjoyed the time spent volunteering at Elgin as a Speech Tournament Judge under the direction of Max Griffith. Dorothy always admired Max’s abilities with the children. Dorothy also had served with the Ridgedale Schools as a facilitator; she was always helping kids.

After retiring, she delivered Mobile Meals and volunteered at Marion General Hospital, both things she enjoyed.

One not to sit still, Dorothy loved playing games; euchre, pinochle, bridge and when her kids were younger, board games.

She was the Prospect correspondent for the Richwood Gazette beginning in 1992. She was also active with the Prospect Boy Scout Troop 23.

In 1999 she received the Conscientious & Dedicated Community Service award from Modern Woodman of America. She also received the Marion County Senior Citizen of the Year award in 2015 for outstanding community service. She was also honored as Head of the Class by the Marion Star. And on December 1, 2012 she had the honor to officially light the Prospect village Christmas Tree. In her words “I just did things that I enjoyed and got recognized for them, how good does it get."

She is survived by her sons: John Robert Norris, Prospect, Jerry Lynn (Lisa) Norris, Marion, Daniel Lee (Sierra) Norris, Oceanside, California and David Kelly (Lynne) Boswell, Marion
Grandchildren: Amber (Mike) Nicolosi, Sam (Melody) Norris, Alexis (Joe) Ackerson, Dillon (Danitria Akins) Norris, Crimpson (Fiancé Mike Fields) Markum, Tyler (Kelsey Edwards) Boswell, Allissa and Noah Boswell, Hunter Augenstein, Austin and Bailey Norris
Great grandchildren: Cole (Haylee) Nicolosi, Geneva Grace Norris, Gavin Shears, Haiden Markum, Bristol Boswell, Spencer and Andrew Barker, Jackson Norris and Emma Ackerson
Great great grandchildren: Enzo, Ezra and Eziah Nicolosi

Memorial services will be held Sunday July 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Marion Christian Center, Pastor Perry Payne will officiate. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 pm prior to the service at the Church.
In keeping with Dorothy’s giving spirit, she has donated her body to the Ohio State University.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marion Christian Center at 1550 Richland Rd. Marion, Ohio 43302

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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#1 from: Joan Bevis Hartley
Bellevue, OH
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 7:36 PM

What a beautiful, totally giving, lady.  She will be missed by many.  My sympathies to her family.

#2 from: Pastor Steve Whitaker
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 8:03 PM

Such a dear lady. How you kept going and serving at your age is a example of your deep Christian heart and desire to help others in any way you could. We will miss you Dorothy.

#3 from: Kathy Fetter
Tucson, AZ
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 8:19 PM

My bus driver, Mrs. Boswell, took me, safely, to school, for several years. She always greeted me with a smile, even when she had to honk the bus horn, because I was running late, again! I appreciated reading her obituary and learning about her positive impact in our community.  My sincere sympathies to her family.

#4 from: Eva Myers
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 8:35 PM

My sons rode her bus, saw her at the library and the pool. Her love for kids and the village of Prospect were known by anyone who met her. Will be missed by so many. Praying for her family. May God comfort all of you. Eva, Nick and Justin Myers.

#5 from: Diana Hudson Carr Napier
Bucyrus, OH
Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 8:52 PM

Dorothy always had a ready smile for everyone and a great sense of humor.  She was a wealth of knowledge and a great neighbor.  She’ll be greatly missed.  Deepest sympathies to the family.  

#6 from: Dorothy Protopapas-Wallace
Austin, Texas
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM

My prayers are with Dorothy's family. She was so warn, kind and friendly from the first day I met her ... getting on the bus to go home on the first day of kindergarden. She was the first other Dorothy that I had met. I will remember her so very fondly.
Eternal peace.

#7 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ 
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 12:19 PM

My sincerest sympathy to Dorothy's family. She was such a wonderful supporter and a good example for you. May you cherish the wonderful memories of your mother.

Pauline Oehler

#8 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM

So sorry for your loss.  She was a wonderfully kind bus driver for our daughters.  She also served her community of Prospect well.  Treasure your memories.

#9 from: Julie Spicer (Yates)
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 4:39 PM

I have so many great memories of Dorothy on my school bus and at the Prospect pool. She was an amazingly kind and strong woman who made a lasting memory in so many kids’ lives in Prospect. Rest in peace.

#10 from: Cathy Copeland
Marion, OH
Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 4:53 PM

I first me Dorothy when she worked with me at Super Duper.  I then went to work for the Elgin school district where she was a bus driver.  Such a kind, sweet lady.

Cathy Copeland

#11 from: Whitney Taylor
Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 12:13 AM

Ms Boswell was such a wonderful lady inside and out. During her tenure at the Prospect Library I was in grade school and she issued me my first library card I still have it. I befriended her on Facebook and she would frequently comment. She was one of the many gems of Prospect she will be missed!

#12 from: Glena Savage
Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 9:40 PM

In this world so often filled with darkness, Dorothy was a shining Light. She shone for Jesus in all of her comings and goings. It is hard for those of us left to deal with the loss of such a dear and precious light. We can, however, praise God for the times that He has allowed us to be touched by and share in her brightness. I pray her reflection will live on in us. My prayers are with you in the moments ahead. God bless you

#13 from: Alfreda Davis
Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 10:15 PM

So very sorry to hear about Dorthy. She was such a wonderful lady. I have know her since I was a kid and she was always so nice. My thoughts and prayers 🙏 🙏 for the family.

#14 from: Teri Duprey
Prospect ohio
Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Dorothy was a dear, sweet lady who donated much of her life helping others.  A great lady has left this earth but will always remember her from all the Council meetings.  She will be missed. Prayers go out to her family.

The Dupreys

#15 from: Teri Duprey
Prospect ohio
Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Dorothy was a dear, sweet lady who donated much of her life helping others.  A great lady has left this earth but will always remember her from all the Council meetings.  She will be missed. Prayers go out to her family.

The Dupreys

#16 from: Jeanna Hanshaw
Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 3:32 PM

I have such wonderful memories of my bus driver Mrs. Boswell. She was such a kind person i have always thought so much of her. I remember telling her that my mother worked 3rd shift so never to honk if i wasn't out waiting because my mother would get angry, while actually was was hiding up in the tree waiting for my mom to leave for work so i could skip school. But she never did honk all though my mother never worked 3rd shift. I am sure she knew better but that's just the kind of person she was. She will be missed by many.

#17 from: Cathy Schultz Pask
Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 10:02 AM

So sorry for your loss! Dorothy touched so many people's lives and helped anybody. She will be missed by many. I will remember her with sweet memories!

#18 from: David Clunk
Lakeland Florida
Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 4:47 PM

I’m so sorry to hear this. My sincere sympathy Kathy.

#19 from: Art and Mary Granlee
Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Many years memories of Dorthy.  She always made her famous cook all day on Friday spaghetti sauce. Yum! She loved to play cards and remember playing Canasta all morning between bus runs. Also her love for Coke.  Funny the things you remember but all good.  Prayers

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