Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1936

Mary, Ralph, & James Boyvey MARY ROSE O'NEIL BOYVEY, 91, known to her friends as "Micki", passed away in Austin, TX on May 12, 2012. She was buried at Assumption Cemetery in Austin. Dr. Boyvey devoted much of her life to education and library/information science in the State of Texas. Completing a bachelor's degree at age 20 from Texas Woman's University, she later received a master's degrees from the University of Chicago in Library Science as well as master's and a Ph.D. from UT. She worked as a school librarian with several school districts before joining the Texas Education Agency as Program Director in 1966. Active in many library science professional organizations, she was a past President of the Texas Library Association and a Board Member of the American Library Association. After her retirement she traveled widely with friends and continued to learn new things through the Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin. Her Catholic faith was important to her and she was active at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Born September 10, 1920 in Fort Worth, TX to James & Elizabeth O'Neil, she grew up in the oilfield town of Ranger, TX. Mary attended St. Rita's Catholic School & Ranger High School in the Class of 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph R. Boyvey, her only child, James Lee Boyvey, and her dear friend Catheryne S. Franklin. She will be greatly missed by her "adopted family" David and Mary Block and Julie Sanford; her longtime friends and travel companions Dorothy Billman and Virginia Phillips; her neighbors and many other friends. Her devoted and energetic caregivers Maria Castro and Maria Wagner made her last years not only comfortable but interesting, keeping her active until the week of her death. Two books Mary Rose wrote are "The Treatment of Money in Children's Books" and "David Graham Phillips: Social Novelist". HUSBAND: LT. RALPH RAYMOND BOYVEY was killed in a plane crash near Columbus, MO, on Feb. 15, 1943, while in the service of his country during WWII. He had just completed a course in advance flying at Rosecrans Field at St. Joseph, MO. He was born on July 17, 1914 & was the son of Meleck E. and Hulda Sanberg Boyvey of Des Moines, IA, and husband of former Miss Mary Rose O'Neal (RHS-1936). Ralph had entered the Air Corps in June of 1942 after having been a civilian pilot instructor at the Ranger Flying School and at Garner Field, Uvalde. He had also been in the Civilian Ferry Command. He had trained at the Long Beach Army Air Base. Besides his father and wife, he was survived by a son, Jimmie. His siblings were Edwin, Harold, Ruth, Alice Boyvey. SON: JAMES LEE BOYVEY was killed in a car accident on August 1, 1965. He was born on Feb. 7, 1942 to Ralph R. & Mary Rose O'Neil (RHS-1936) Boyvey in Uvalde County. After his father was killed in WWII, he lived with his grandparents & attended St. Rita's Catholic school and Young School in Ranger. At an early age, he became a Radio Amateur operator (W5GPV). His friends sometime called him "Jimmy O'Neil". He moved from Ranger to Corpus Christi after graduating from Young School. He would have been in the RHS Class of 1960. James later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. He was buried at Assumption Cemetery in Austin. HOUSTON MAN FATALLY HURT AUTO ACCIDENT (Corsicana Daily Sun, August 2, 1965) JAMES LEE BOYVEY, 23, of Houston, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon following a one-car accident on U. S. Highway 75 North of Richland Creek at 4:30 p.m., Aug. 1, 1965. This is the seventh traffic death on rural highways and roads in Navarro County during 1965. Boyvey was reared in Corpus Christi but was a resident of Houston and was en route from Dallas to Houston when his automobile went out of control. A Griffin ambulance carried him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Boyvey of Austin, connected with the State Board of Education; grandmother, Mrs. James O'Neill, Austin. The body was forwarded to the Cook Funeral Home in Austin on Monday by Griffin Funeral Home where arrangements will be perfected. The young man was a graduate of Rice University and was an employee of the Shell Oil Company. Bob Parrish, state highway patrolman, investigated the mishap. The 1965 Volkswagen passed a car and a wheel went off the pavement, according to witnesses, and went out of control, overturning three or four times. The car was extensively damaged. The patrolman said the man was bruised on both sides, indicating he was using safety belts. He was removed from his demolished car by a passerby before the ambulance arrived. More pictures