Mary E. Boan – age 88, of Linden passed away after a period of declining health surrounded by family on December 23, 2019. Mary was born on May 11, 1931 in Haverhill, MA, the younger daughter of Edward and Linda (Lundholm) Skelley. She was married to the love of her life, Richard H. Boan, from July 15, 1951 until the time of his passing on February 16, 1998. Mary worked at Hartland schools for many years before moving to southern California where she worked in purchasing at PCM Corporation in Laguna Woods. After retirement, Mary and Richard explored the country doing what they loved best, camping and fishing, eventually settling back in Michigan. Mary was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton.  She volunteered at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc and the Loose Senior Center in Linden. Mary is remembered for her great sense of humor and could make anyone smile with her quick wit, even on their darkest day. She was an avid reader, loved her flowers, and was a dear friend to many.  But above all else, she was fiercely devoted to her family. Mary is survived by her six children, Michael (Patricia) of White Lake; Timothy of Fenton; Mary (Damon) Murray of Dana Point, CA; Patricia Ann (Nancy) of Ann Arbor; Susan (John) Patch of Grand Blanc; and Linda (Mark) Giangrande of Huntington Beach, CA. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard; son, Richard; sister, Lillian Martin (Auntie); brother-in-law, William Martin; grandson, Nicholas; and great-grandson, Colton Miller. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton with Father David Harvey officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 AM - 1 PM.  Tributes may be shared at

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