Marvel Ann Boddy

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

A celebration of life has been scheduled for Marvel Ann Boddy, a Sitka resident since 1974.

The gathering will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Aug. 21, at the Elks Lodge. Services in Juneau will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Moose Club.

Marvel died June 13 in Stanwood, Wash., after a prolonged illness. She was 77. She was born May 3, 1933, in Denver, Colo. Her adoptive parents were Nicklaus Liendecker and Cynthia Ann Schaffer.

She grew up in Denver, then spent her younger years in San Francisco, where she met her first husband, Wilbur Bernie "Billie"' Converse Jr. They moved to Juneau in 1951.

Marvel held several jobs with the State of Alaska in Juneau, including the Alaska National Guard, from 1954 to 1971.

She married Jack Boddy in Juneau on Dec. 2, 1960, and she helped him raise his four children.

She won the Alaska Territorial Sportsman Golden North Salmon Derby in 1964, with a 36-lb., 13-oz., king, winning a new car for the family.

Jack and Marvel fished side by side for many years. They bought the Elrada in 1964; the Betty B in 1967; had the Antares built in 1979; and the Comet in 1999.

They came to Sitka in 1974, and for many years they enjoyed summer fishing and wintering in Hawaii and Arizona.

Marvel was a gifted and generous crocheter, sharing many of her intricate works with others. She enjoyed playing games and cards with family and friends and entertained all with her quick wit and easy laughter.

Marvel and Jack were devoted to each other as they made the journey through her declining health together with perseverance, courage and love.

She is survived by Jack Boddy, her loving husband; stepchildren John Boddy and his wife Karen of Juneau, Gary Boddy and his wife Jeannie of Kirkland, Wash., Thelma Boddy of Washington and Spencer Boddy of Alabama; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Marvel's favorite charities: the Disabled Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Animal Humane Society or the Sitka Elks Lodge.

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