Marilyn Boles

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Marilyn Ann Boles of Troy passed away on Monday, April 25th at her home in Troy, Idaho. She was 75.

Marilyn Ann was born on October 29th, 1940 to Emma and John Cook in Endicott, Washington. She grew up in Elk River, Idaho and graduated from high school in 1958. On August 15th, 1959, she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Boles where they resided for a couple years in Elk River. From there, they moved to several small towns around the area including Orofino, Moscow, Spokane, and then eventually settled in Troy, Idaho where they lived out the remainder of their lives. During that time, they had two children Kelly and Mark.

Marilyn worked for the United States Post Office in Troy and loved spending her days helping her customers. Her compassion and hard work was shown through the many awards she acquired throughout the years and her customers loved her very much. It wouldn’t be unusual to see Marilyn unlocking the post office doors after hours and retrieve that special package to make someone’s day. Although most of her career was spent working in Troy, she eventually retired at the Pullman Post Office.

She was a woman of many hobbies including tennis, music, dancing, singing, volunteering, cooking, playing cards, and finishing every crossword in the newspaper. Marilyn took great pride in her children and grandchildren where she attended as many of the music recitals, sporting events, and school activities as possible. She was a woman with a heart of gold and her positive outlook on life was contagious.

Marilyn was a sports fanatic who had never missed a Gonzaga basketball or Seattle Mariners baseball game. She was a great woman who will be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her mother Emma, father John, husband Bill, sister Norma, and son-in-law Mickey Johnson. She is survived by her two children Kelly Johnson of Troy and Mark (Kathy) of Nampa, her sister Jeanie Southworth of Libby, Montana, numerous nieces and nephews, four grandchildren Kyle, Taylor, Jessica, and Lisa, and two great-grandchildren Jasmyne and Jordyn.

A memorial service will be held at Short’s Funeral Chapel at 10 am on Saturday, May 7th with a covered dish dinner following at the Troy Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Marilyn to Gentiva Hospice of the Palouse or by check to the Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026 (

2 Responses to Marilyn Boles

  1. Dallisa Eggers says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mark, Kelly and their families. Your mom and grandma was a very sweet lady. She will be missed by many.

  2. Sandy Taylor says:

    RIP Marilyn. Your work here on earth is done, but know you and that wonderful smile of yours will be missed.

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