Mary Jane Boehm, a woman who, in the words of one of her daughters, “led a quiet life of simple pleasures,” died at the age of 90 on July 1 when her heart gave out. She had come to live in East Hampton with her daughter Christina Boehm following her husband’s death in 1997.
Born to John Glover and the former Electa Butts on April 19, 1922, Ms. Boehm had several illnesses as a child, which resulted in a post-polio syndrome and confined her to a wheelchair. She was raised in East Detroit, Mich., with a sister, Dorothy, who does not survive. After graduating from high school there, she worked for many years in a secretarial pool at the Reliance Insurance Company of Detroit.
She and Albert Boehm, who were married in October 1947, lived in Detroit. She had also lived in Roseville, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo.
According to Christina Boehm, her mother was thankful that she was able to spend the many years after her husband’s death living near her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A reader of local newspapers and large-print books from the East Hampton Library, Mrs. Boehm’s favorite publication, Ms. Boehm said, was The East Hampton Star’s annual “A La Carte,” a restaurant guide. Her mother awaited it eagerly every year, she said, and circled places whose food she wanted to sample. She also enjoyed old movies and programs such as “The Andy Griffith Show” on television.
In addition to Christina Boehm, Mrs. Boehm is survived by two other children, Patricia Csialeg of Atlantic City and Robert Boehm of Sterling Heights, Mich. Five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Boehm was cremated and her ashes are to be buried in a Michigan cemetery beside her husband. Memorial donations have been suggested to the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton 11937.