Mildred Boatright

mildred boatright
Mildred “Millie” Boatright, 89, died on January 14, 2018 at Moorhead Rehabilitation and Care Center, Moorhead, MN. Mildred was born October 31, 1928 the daughter of Ella (Bauer) and Peter Laub, at Flasher, ND. She lived in Carson, ND and Miles City, MT before moving to Bismarck, ND where she graduated from Bismarck High School. It was in Bismarck that she met her husband, Benny C. Boatright. They were married on August 29, 1947. She worked as a secretary for the Bureau of Reclamation until 1949 when the first of their three children was born. In 1953, Benny and Millie opened a jewelry store in Jamestown called Boatright Jewelers. Millie then attended the School of Floral Design in Denver, CO and in 1957 they opened a floral department in the jewelry store. In 1974 following the death of her husband the jewelry store closed and she went on to manage other jewelry stores and departments in Jamestown including Puffe’s Jewelry, JC Penny and Purdy Jewelers. Millie moved to Fargo in 2009 living at One Oak Place and Edgewood Vista. Due to health issues, she moved to Moorhead Rehabilitation and Care Center in 2016. Millie was an active and outgoing person who enjoyed playing Bridge, especially Duplicate Bridge, Whist and dice games, golf, bowling and designing flower arrangements. She was an active member of Zonta, Jamestown Country Club, the American Legion, VFW and Eagles Auxiliary, and a member of the Honored Ladies of the Shrine, El Zagal Shrine. At One Oak Place she collected pop tops from cans for the Shriners Hospital and was proud of the many, many gallons of pop tops she delivered. Millie is survived by two daughters, Lynn (Galen) Anderson and Valerie Boatright, both of Fargo, daughter-in-law, Cindy Boatright, Wahpeton, ND; five grandchildren: Jonathan (Erin) Massey, Littleton, CO, Shanna (Zach) Johns, Lacey, WA, Ben (Anita) Boatright, Doran, MN, Adam Boatright, Minneapolis, MN and Dustin Boatright, Fargo, ND; six great-grandchildren: Aiden and Jacob Massey, Jackson Johns, and Lexi, Bri and Elly Davis Boatright; and a brother, Lester (Sally) Laub, Bismarck, ND and sister, Etta (Kenneth) Feldner, Mandan, ND. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benny C. Boatright, her son Randall “Randy/Boat” Boatright; sisters, Gladys Rausch and Ardith “Ardy” Addington. Millie’s family wishes to thank the wonderful people at Hospice of the Red River Valley and the staff at Moorhead Rehabilitation and Care Center for the comfort and caring they gave Millie and our family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Celebration of Millie’s Life: 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:30 P.M. Burial: Rest Cemetery, Pingree, ND in the Spring.


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  1. Millie was an amazing women and a great neighbor. She had an amazing heart and spoiled my boys like they were her very own grandchildren. We were so sad when she moved from Jamestown but were so happy she got to be close to her girls. My life is better for having known her. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew her. Fly with the angels!

  2. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful lady she was. Donnelle Pogorzelski (Stoddart)

  3. R.I.P. Millie, You were one CLASSY LADY, you were BEAUTIFUL inside as you were outside!! My deepest sympathy to the family. I knew Millie from Jamestown,when she worked in the different places,She had the most beautiful smile!! May the Lord keep you all in His Loving Care!

  4. Our deepest sympathies to Millie’s family. When in high school (graduated in 1959) I worked for Millie and Bennie at Boatright Jewelry. They were both wonderfully supportive and encouraging. They will be missed.

  5. We loved Mildred at Moorhead Rehab! She did like rolling dice. She’d smile so beautifully when the dice spilled out of the cup. She was so unique! I will miss her, and her family at the home.

  6. Extending our sympathy to all of Millie’s family. May all of the good memories remain in your hearts forever and lift you up at this sad time. God has wrapped her in his loving arms and she is at peace. Our prayers are for her and all of you.

  7. I am saddened to hear of Millie’s passing. I have thought of her often over the years since she left Jamestown. I enjoyed working with her and Dorothy at Puffe’s Jewelry in Jamestown. I think I received a part of my life’s education from the two of them. I always knew what was going on in town too as I was rather new in town and they were both involved. She was a classy lady as others have mentioned, and also hardworking. She took great pride in her work whether it was for the jewelry store or the country club, etc..

  8. Val, our condolences on the death of your mother. We send our prayers and sympathy.
    Vicki and Ken Aldridge

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