Mrs. Mary Lou Boben (Cleveland), age 69, passed away surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer on October 30, 2019. She was born on December 19, 1949 in Pittsburgh, to Wayne and Lois Cleveland.
Mary Lou was raised in Butler, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Butler High School in 1967. She continued her education at Butler County Community College and earned a secretarial science degree. Later in life she graduated from Slippery Rock University with a teaching degree. Following graduation, Mary Lou began a long and fulfilling career as a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher at Laurel School District.
Mary Lou attended her sixth grade sock hop with her lifelong love, Harry W. Boben. They married on August 23, 1969. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They raised two daughters in Butler, PA.
Mary Lou was a devout Christian and showed her love of serving by hosting a Bible study in her home. In addition, Mary Lou served her community by working at Meals on Wheels. She also took her two adorable therapy dogs when she made weekly visits to the cancer center and New Haven Court.
She was a member of Butler Dog Training Association. She shared her love and passion for gardening and all things in nature by joining the Butler Garden Club where she served as president. Mary Lou was a member of the local service sorority, Beta Sigma Phi.
Mary Lou was proceeded in death by her father Wayne Cleveland, her mother Lois Cleveland, and her sister Nancy Zirnsak (wife of Dave Zirnsak).
Mary Lou is survived by her spouse Harry Boben; her daughters Wendy (John) Clibbens and Shelly (Matthew) Johnston; her sister Jeanne (Ben) Bestwick; her grandchildren Haley, Carter, Jacob, and Joshua; and her many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Friends will be received Friday, November 1, 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Thompson – Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street Butler, PA.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11:00 am at the Community Alliance Church, 800 Mercer Road Butler, PA, with Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Krajacic, officiating.
A private burial will be held.
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.