R.I.P. Jean Boardman

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Former Northfield School Board member Jean Boardman died of cancer yesterday morning, less than a day after a memorial to her husband Shelby Boardman was dedicated at Carleton. (Shelby died suddenly of a heart attack in January of 2007.) Jean, friends and family had been planning the memorial and dedication ceremony for many months and her cancer had been in remission up until three weeks ago, according to a family friend I spoke with this afternoon.

Jean was a member of the First United Congregational Church (First UCC). I was told that there will be an announcement of a memorial service soon, but that the service will likely occur in a few weeks as family and friends had all just traveled to be here last weekend for the memorial dedication. (I took photos of Shelby’s memorial site earlier this afternoon and will post them tomorrow.)

My apologies for the tiny photo of Jean. If anyone has or knows of a better one, please contact me.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    I was told by a neighbor that the memorial service will be held on June 21st at the First UCC.

    June 3, 2008
  2. Jessica Paxton said:

    Griff: this is indeed very sad news. Jean (as well as her late husband Shelby) was a very beloved member of the Carleton and Northfield communities.

    You are correct – there will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 at the First UCC Church (300 Union Street). Memorials are also being designated for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the First UCC Church.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean’s family and friends.

    June 3, 2008
  3. […] May 21 Carleton press release on the planned dedication of the memorial. Shelby’s wife, Jean, died a day after the dedication ceremony. Thanks to Jane McWilliams for sending me a photo of a photo of the Boardmans from the First UCC […]

    June 6, 2008

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