MARY ROSE O'NEIL BOYVEY, 91, known to her friends
as "Micki", passed away in Austin, TX on May 12,
2012, with burial at Assumption Cemetery in
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
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
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