Carol Marvick Boos Advocated For Peace, Nuclear Disarmament and Equal Rights For All

Carol Boos

Carol Boos


From The Oregonian, August 17, 2011

Carol was born in Oak Park, Ill., Christmas Day 1929 to Alma and Orin Spencer Marvick. She grew up in Waterman, Ill. After high school, Carol attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College. While at N.I., she met and fell in love with Richard H. Boos. She graduated with a degree in Home Economics in 1951 and they married that same year. An adventurous couple, they immediately drove west to Potlatch, Idaho, for their first teaching jobs. In 1952, new teaching positions lured them to Portland, which would become their beloved city for life. Carol taught Home Ec at Parkrose High School, and has remained dear friends with some of her fellow teachers there.

Carol’s passion was about the world she lived in and the people who lived in it. She loved and drew joy and strength from her family, neighbors, church, community and an abundance of friends from many walks of life. Her life’s work was her advocacy for peace, nuclear disarmament and equal rights for all. She was a committed and active supporter of the rights of the mentally ill, especially their needs, care and protection. Carol was active in many organizations that supported those missions she was so devoted to.

Carol and Dick just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 17, 2011. They have three daughters, Paula Bunting (Greg), Susan Boos (Michael Scharf) and Mary Boos who preceded her in death in 1997. They have two grandsons, Spencer and Ross Bunting. Carol is also survived by her brother, Henry Marvick; sisters-in-law, Jackie and Dixie Marvick; and many nieces and nephews. Carol died of pancreatic cancer. She is loved by many and will be missed.


A Personal Note: I knew Carol from her work in Mental Health Advocacy. We served together on Multnomah County’s MEDAC Council. I knew Carol’s daughter Mary from the Phoenix Fellowship Center. When Mary died as a result of neglect by the Mental Health system, despite her parents’ efforts to save her, it was a heartbreaking tragedy that changed my life. Carol and Mary both will never be forgotten, and will be missed. – David Green

READ – Free to Die, The Oregonian, December 30, 2002. This excellent article relates the Boos’ experience with the Multnomah County mental health system and the death of their daughter Mary.