Mary Ann Boles, 76, of Billings passed away March 15, 2014, following several weeks of cancer treatment.
She was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Jake and Buelah (Morgan) Fowler. She was educated in the Fort Worth Public School system and attended North Texas State College. In 1958 she interrupted her college business studies to marry Harland ‘Roy” Boles, a student at Texas Tech. Their life together began with a blind date for the 1958 Cotton Bowl game in Dallas and resulted in their 55-year marriage.
Following Roy’s graduation, the couple lived in Denver for two years. They moved to Billings in 1962. She worked in the offices of several oil-related businesses and at Gambles.
In 1975 Roy and Mary Ann purchased the Montana Oil Journal (MOJ), a weekly oil and gas industry publication that covered oil and gas activity in Montana and the Williston Basin.
Mary Ann was the office manager, typesetter, and performed all administrative work for the business, allowing Roy to concentrate gathering information and writing the “Journal.” This team pushed the readership to nearly 9,000 subscribers in the ‘70s and ‘80s, winning several state and regional awards for its format and coverage.
In 1991, without missing one deadline in 16 years, the Boleses sold the MOJ to a Denver firm. Using the standards set by MOJ, that company expanded coverage to five more states.
Mary Ann received awards for more than 1,500 hours of volunteer work at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Health Care Center. She was a former member and officer of GeoWives, an auxiliary to the Montana Geological Society.
After retirement, Mary Ann and Roy traveled throughout the West and into parts of Canada and Mexico. They enjoyed lengthy road trips and just being together. This shy, gentle woman loved her family, doing craft hobbies, and sewing the most beautiful quilts. She looked forward to her monthly luncheons with the “Terry Avenue” gals and her weekly coffee dates.
She is survived by her husband; her daughter, Tracey (Tim) Eastwood, of Shepherd; her son, Steven Boles, of Denver; grandsons Travis Eastwood and Jackson Boles.
In addition to her husband, several members of the family were at her side at the time of her death.
At Mary Ann’s request, there will be no memorial service. Memorials may be made to the Montana Rescue Mission or The American Cancer Society.
The family expresses its appreciation to the various staff at Billings Clinic for its compassion and efforts with Mary Ann.
A special thank you is given to the friends and neighbors who helped her through this illness.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”