Mary Lorraine Boehmer, 86, Woodstock, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.
She was born Aug. 1, 1928, to Joseph Ross and Claudine (Joseph) Ollis in Mobile, Ala.
In February 1953, she married Arthur William Boehmer.
Their life in the Navy followed by United Airlines was pivotal to her love of seeing new destinations.
While living in Palatine, she was active in the Travelers Aid Organization at O’Hare Field. Her love of travel carried her and her husband to many worldwide destinations, such as Russia, Egypt and Ireland, to name a few. She booked on 38 cruises all over the world. Her fondest travel destination was Paris. She was active in the Bull Valley Garden Club, Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Investment Club, as well as many other local organiztions. She had a wonderful gift of entertaining, even though she had a strong aversion to cooking. With her Southern charm and graciousness, she was the life of the party and of conversation.
Survivors include her husband; three children, William Ross (Susan) Boehmer, St. Charles, Tracy (Ron) Kieras, Woodstock, and Stephanie (Thomas) Paulsen, Woodstock; and five grandchildren, Erik, Michael, Kelly, Lindsay and Rob.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service was held Oct. 4 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral home, Woodstock.
Donations can be made to Reach Rescue Inc. at www.reachrescue.org.