Alby Boon

Alby Betsy Louise Boon (Baker)

Tuesday, February 3rd, 1925 - Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
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Alby Betsy Louise (Baker) Boon
February 3, 1925 - December 3, 2019

Alby Betsy Louise (Baker) Boon passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 5:26 PM in Madison, Wisconsin. She was the wife of the late Nelson Edward Boon Sr. They shared 56 years of marriage together until his death on October 15, 2000. She was the first-born child of four from the union of Alfred, a.k.a. “Fred,” Earl Baker and Alby Mary (Shores) Baker. Alby Boon was born on February 3, 1925, in Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Missouri. She was baptized at an early age into the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church located at Sarah and Cook Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alby graduated from Charles Sumner High School in St. Louis in 1942 and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a result of her scholastic achievement. She went on to complete a two-year program at Tucker Business College in St. Louis in 1944. She married Nelson Sr. on her birthday in 1944. He was serving in the United States Marine Corp at the time of their marriage.

Alby was employed at the U.S. Army Finance Center in St. Louis, Missouri from April 17, 1951 through June 12, 1953. Subsequently, she received histotechnology technical training in the opthalmic laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. In August 1957 the family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at which time Alby embarked on her career at the Veterans Administration (V.A.) Medical Center in Milwaukee. From August 28, 1957 until her retirement as Supervisor – Histopathology Technician on June 30, 1986, Alby not only performed in the Histopathology Lab, but she served as the Federal Women’s Program Manager at the V.A. She also served on the “Equal Opportunity for All” business committee at the V.A., and she taught the histotechnology course at the Marquette University School of Medicine from 1966 through 1968.

Over the years, Alby served the Seventh-day Adventist Church faithfully at the Berean SDA Church in St. Louis and at the Sharon SDA Church in Milwaukee. As a member of those churches, she served as the church clerk, choir director, Pathfinder leader and Master Guide, Sabbath School teacher and Sabbath School Superintendant, and a member of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Executive Committee in Chicago, Illinois.

The same can be said of Alby as was said of her sister, Magnolia Harris, who died on August 2, 2019. Alby “was also a wonderful mother and loving wife. She was very responsible in forming the spiritual tone of the home.” Raising two boys, she saw that they learned spiritual truths – in the home, in church, in church school, and in the outdoors of nature. Alby made sure they could swim and do the things Pathfinders do. She was an excellent homemaker, gardener, and cook. Her plants thrived under her care, and her homemade meals were literally a feast. “She would always have an encouraging word for you and give praise for a job well done.” She took special interest in the youth of the church, frequently providing opportunities for physical recreation and social gatherings in her home, as well as in the church.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her son – Nelson Edward Boon Jr. (Susan Bernice Boon); her sister – Yvonne Gathright; her grandchildren – Pamela Denise Wilson, Kevin Michael Boon (Felicia Boon), Jacqueline Marie Leveille (Karl Leveille), and Alana Boon; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by: her loving husband – Nelson Edward Boon Sr.; her parents – Alfred Baker and Alby Baker; her second son – Clarence Roland Boon; her sister – Magnolia Alma Harris (Vivian S. Harris); her brother – Donald Baker (Betty Baker, also deceased); her grandson – Timothy Neal Boon.

A memorial service will be held at :
Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church
2389 N. Teutonia Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Donations made in her memory to her favorite charity are appreciated:

Lifeline Outreach Ministry Trust
c/o Associated Bank
7940 S. 6th Street
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 4:30pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 4:30pm
    Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church
    2389 North Teutonia Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53206-2531
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Millard & Theresia Taylor

Posted at 12:36pm
Sister Alby Boon will be greatly missed. She was not only our school board chairperson and Sabbath school superintendent, but a very dear friend as well. Sister Boon could be counted on for advice, help, support, and encouragement. When things needed to get done, she was there to give suggestions and to dig in and help carry them out--or help in any other way that was needed. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty cleaning up and cleaning out at the school, and much donated time was spent working there as our librarian. While there in that capacity, she and Brother Boon donated many books and magazines to our school library. Sister Boon was professional and businesslike at the appropriate times. Those who knew her well knew that she was also full of laughter and fun. We always enjoyed visiting in the Boon home, enjoying their friendship, good meals, and her beautiful plants. After leaving the city, we always knew we had an open home where we would be welcomed and could relax. Although there are many other things that could be said, the most important is that Sister Boon strived to be Christlike in all her endeavors and living experiences. We offer the family our condolences and continued prayers. We look forward to each of us seeing Sister Boon again when all God's faithful ones look up in joy at Jesus' Second Coming and go to be with Him and one another throughout eternity.

Betty Smith

Posted at 12:17pm
Nelson and Susan I was sad to hear about your Mom and my heart is heavy. One of my favorite thoughts of Sister Boon is her advise on being a lady. She told me a boy will call you, you don't have to call them. Those words remained in my memory for many years. Since loosing my Mother at age 12, Sister Boon was the first surrogate mother God placed in my path. Her words encouraged me to complete high school and to go to college. During my first year of college money was short and She assisted me in returning to school. I always thought of her as a mother and I loved her dearly. Because of her believe in me, I was successful in completing most of my life's goals. Nelson, thank you for sharing your mother with me. I pray God will keep his promise to you as you walk through this valley of death; God is with you and God will strengthen your heart and God will show you the blessing from this dark moment. Keep trusting God and God will provide what you need as God did for me. Love you.

Le Roy Jackson

Posted at 03:52pm
Sister Boon was my pathfinder leader, my influential spiritual leader and sometimes a surrogate Mom. I had the privilege of spending a Sabbath and an evening in her home with her family. My parents had gone to Chicago for a Constituency Meeting that particular Saturday evening, and Sister Boon took on the responsibility of another teenager (me) along with her oldest son, Nelson, and younger son Clarence. We went ice skating @ Garfield Park located back then between 3rd and 5th streets, locust and Burleigh Street. At approximately 7:30 PM I fell, and had an awful pain in my wrist as it continued to swell. Nelson called his Mom from a pay phone (those of you to young to know what that is google it). Sister picked me up, took me to the Hospital Emergency room and I was diagnosed with a broken right wrist. No orthopedic surgeon on staff that evening, I was kept overnight! At 8:30 she went back to Garfield Park to pick up Nelson and Clarence and to her chagrin Nelson was awaiting her with a right broken wrist also! Yes, for the next six weeks we were the cast brothers!

Ivory Parks

Posted at 12:15pm
From Ivory Parks and Family,
Sorry for your lost. Sister Boon was a very strong and intelligent woman always positive and teaching others.
She will be greatly missed.

Praying that God will give the family comfort and strength during this time.

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