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Christine M. Boren

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Educator Christine M. Boren, leader of one of Oklahoma's most prominent families, died in Oklahoma City Thursday, at the age of 88, after a struggle with cancer. She was the wife of the late U.S. Congressman, Lyle H. Boren; the mother of University of Oklahoma President, David Boren, the former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator; and the grandmother of State Representative-elect, Dan Boren of Seminole. Services for Mrs. Boren will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 11, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, at 15th & Robinson in Oklahoma City. Graveside services will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole. Mrs. Boren was a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in elementary education. At OSU, she was the Pi Beta Phi Homecoming Queen. She taught second grade at the Hominy Public Schools before her marriage to Congressman Lyle H. Boren in December of 1936. The Borens' were married in the Methodist parsonage in Stillwater by the well- known blind minister, Wilmoore Kendall, who had been their minister while they were students. Mrs. Boren accompanied her husband to Washington as a young bride in 1937 as he began 10 years of service in Congress. She was a new Congressional wife with Lady Bird Johnson, Margaret Chase Smith, who later became a U.S. Senator, and several other national leaders. She was very active in the Congressional Club, a service organization comprised of Congressional spouses. After her husband completed his service in Congress and returned to Seminole, Christine Boren became active in many civic organizations in Seminole including the PTA, the Seminole Garden Club, Chapter CL of PEO and the First United Methodist Church. She was also active in the Cow Belles, an auxiliary organization of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, of which her husband was one of the three founders. She made her home in Oklahoma City for the past 30 years where she was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the Oklahoma City Art League, the 20th Century Club and the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club of Oklahoma City. She was also active in the Girl Scouts of America and was named 'Mother of the Year' by the Oklahoma Girl Scouts. Mrs. Boren was actively involved as a volunteer in the political races of her husband, son and grandson. She was proud of her role as a partner with them in public service. She was especially proud of the election of her grandson last Tuesday. Christine Boren was born in Plattsburg, Missouri, on July 3, 1914. She was the daughter of the late Clifford McKown and Alice Villines McKown. Her father was the postmaster at Maud, Oklahoma, where she grew up. Her grandfather, Tom Villines, was one of Maud's founders. She met her future husband, Lyle H. Boren, in Ada, while she was a high school student at Horace Mann High School which was affiliated with East Central Oklahoma University. Lyle Boren was a student instructor for East Central at the time. Christine Boren was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle. Christine Boren is survived by her daughter, Susan Boren Dorman and her husband, Mark of Washington, D.C., where Susan Boren is a senior researcher at the Library of Congress; her son, David Boren and his wife, Molly Shi Boren of Norman; her granddaughter, Carrie Christine Boren, a theology student at Oxford University in England; and her grandson, State Representative-elect Dan Boren of Seminole. David Boren said of his mother, 'I wish that every child in America could have a mother like mine. She was a constant source of strength, encouragement and love to her family. She was always there when we needed her. She brought out the best in everyone who knew her and reached out in kindness to help those around her.' In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Christine Boren Fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation or to the Lyle H. Boren Guidance Center at St. Gregory's College in Shawnee. SMITH & KERNKE 1401 NW 23rd ST.
Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2002
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