Maude LaClair Boggs Boring, 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Patriots Colony retirement community in Williamsburg.
The second of four children and only daughter to Francis Corrans and Iva Jerrell Boggs, Maude was born and raised on her family’s farm in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. She and her brothers lived among a network of friends and extended family that supported the virtues of hard work, neighborliness, and a love of their heritage. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Richard Boring, and her three brothers, Lewis Alexander Boggs III, Francis Corrans Boggs, and Joseph Henry Boggs, all of Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
Maude was an employee of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C. during World War II when she met her husband Bill, an Army Lieutenant. After their marriage in 1948, she and Bill lived in Oakland California where she worked for Hubbard and Co. while Bill completed his degree in forestry at U.C. Berkeley and ultimately accepted a position in the U.S. Forest Service in 1951.
During Bill’s career in the Forest Service, they and their two daughters lived on two Forest Service Ranger Stations, including one in the Ochoco Mountains of Eastern Oregon and one in the small town of Winthrop, located in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. They later lived in Portland, Oregon where Bill worked in the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office. During this time, Maude devoted herself to parenting and various community-based projects including local leadership of Camp Fire Girls, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and hosting two foreign exchange students.
Bill and Maude moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1977 when Bill took a position in the Forest Service national headquarters, and they began building a home on Lake Anna near Maude’s childhood home. In 1981, Bill retired from the Forest Service and they both moved to the Lake Anna house. They spent sixteen happy years there, close to Maude’s relatives, and hosting grandchildren in the summers. During their Lake Anna years, Maude served on the Spotsylvania County Historical Commission, and was Regent of the Spotsylvania Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). She was deeply interested in genealogy, was an accomplished quilter and needle worker, and won a national blue ribbon from the DAR for one of her counted cross stitch pieces.
In 1997, Maude and Bill moved to the retirement community of Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia, where they were part of a treasured community of retired military and government service workers.
Maude is survived by her two daughters, Anne E. Vermilion (James) of Eagle, Idaho, and Barbara L. Boring of San Juan Capistrano, California; her grandson, Michael Vermilion (Nicole); great granddaughter Elize; granddaughter Deborah VanDersarl (Jules); and two great grandsons, Jameson and Vincent.
Maude will be laid to rest with her husband William at Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Maude LaClair Boring may be made to the American Cancer Society.