Mardi Boeck Keen
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1921 - 2014
Mardi Boeck Keen, of Boise and McCall, died peacefully on August 30, 2014. She was born July 3, 1921 to Dr. Albert and Armorel Boeck, thus becoming one of the 'Boeck' girls. Her love of growing up in Boise, attending St. Theresa's and Boise High schools, summers in McCall and helping her Dad with house calls were always woven through her life. She graduated from Mills College and from that point on dedicated a large part of her life to education. In particular that meant bringing the Jr. Great Books Discussion Program to school districts throughout Idaho, training more than 300 persons as discussion leaders for children and adult programs. She hoped that participants would learn the lifelong skills of becoming critical listeners and thinkers. Her commitment to her community was boundless, serving as president of the Boise Friends of the Library, PEO, Jr. League Sustainers, McCall Hospital Auxiliary, McCall Progressive Club and Director of the Boise School Volunteers to name a few organizations. She also loved being a part of the Bishop House moving and renovation project. In 1978 she was honored by the Idaho Statesman as one of its 'Distinguished Citizens' recipients.
Mardi married her 'knight in shinning armor', Herb Keen in 1944. From the moment they met they were soul mates. This year would have marked their 70th wedding anniversary. Raising a family of four kids while being in the Air Force, Mom was always there helping each of us adjust to new schools, different cultures and guiding us to become caring and thoughtful citizens of the world. She was always there for us. After moving around the world she and Dad finally retired to McCall (the Lakes), Mom's favorite place in the world. More community involvement, great parties and the love for sharing their home with family and friends became the center of their lives. Mom always made sure to set a perfect table, serve great food and have linens ready for the next round of guests.
Mardi is survived by her children: John (Barbara) of Riverside, CA, Jim of Annaheim Hills, CA, Kristi (Doug) McGuire of Spokane, WA, and Pat (Bill) Gotsch of Parma, ID, six grandchildren and seven great grandkids. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herb, this last January, and her sisters: Dorothy Korte and Pat Eames.
We will be forever grateful to Lorna and Dennis Howard for the loving care they gave to Mom these last few months of her life.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Private interment will be at a later date at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Please, in lieu of flowers, send any gifts to the McCall Public Library or a
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 3, 2014