Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One for over 100 years.

Beverly Sue Boileau

Beverly Sue (Smith) Boileau, the sixth child of Thomas Ira Smith and Lois Marie (Hatswell) Smith, was born at the family home in the Wheeler Grove area of rural Pottawattamie County Iowa on June 11, 1931. After starting school in the country at Wheeler Grove, she graduated from Macedonia High School in 1948.

Bev was married to Leo Boileau on September 11, 1949 at the United Methodist Church in Macedonia. They made their home on the family farm which would eventually achieve Century Farm status for being in the family for over 100 years. They were blessed with two sons, Dennis Allan and David Dean. All became members of the Henderson Christian Church.

Bev had many interests in addition to her role as farmer’s wife and secretarial jobs at the bank in Henderson, Wearin Farms and Nishna Valley School near Hastings and the Learning Center in Red Oak. She was a noted historian, a genealogy expert and also enjoyed gardening, fancy stitchery, reading history books and playing the piano by ear. She and Leo were avid supporters of the boys’ school sports and 4-H.

Bev and Leo moved from the family farm to Glenwood in 1998. They had been married 57 years when Leo was lost to Alzheimers Disease in 2006. Beverly died at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs on February 21, 2015, at the age of 83.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Ira and Lois Smith,husband, Leo Boileau; two brothers, Lewis (Bud) Smith and Donald L. Smith; and three sisters, Catherine (Smith) Carder, Frances (Smith) Bergen, and Barbara (Smith) Scherle. She is survived by her brother Thomas Ira Smith, Jr, of Humboldt, Iowa; son Dennis and his wife Jodi of Chaska Minnesota; son David and his wife Shirley of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; granddaughter Katie Boileau and great-grandson Carson Klotter of Chaska, and Grandson Andy Boileau of Minneapolis.

Memorials may be directed to the Mills County Historical Society.

Interment will be at a later date.

Visitation:Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00 PM
212 S. Locust St.
Glenwood, IA51534

Service:Thursday, February 26, 2015
11:00 AM
400 Maple St.
Henderson, IA51541

13 Condolences

  • Connie Hall Moore Posted February 22, 2015 12:00 am

    Sorry for your loss.Enjoyed visiting with your mom through the years. She was a sweet lady.

  • Cindy Smith Posted February 22, 2015 12:00 am

    Dave and Denny,

    Bev was one of the highlights of my life. She taught me many things that I carry with me today – my love of gardening and animals, genealogy and history. My best to you both. Cindy

  • Jeff Richards Posted February 23, 2015 12:00 am

    I have good memories of your mother, from her NV days to later playing the piano during lunch at Shirley’s Café in Emerson. Many days she would stop and chat for a few minutes and relate what her sons had happening in their lives.

    Best wishes,

    Jeff and family

  • Carol Wettengel Posted February 23, 2015 12:00 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to your family. The busy fingers will miss her. Hugs and prayers.

  • Merline Smith Posted February 23, 2015 12:00 am

    My trips back “home” won’t be the same without a stop at BB’s house, or where ever she happens to be at that time. I have joked that I have hunted all over Pott. and Mills county for her at times. I will miss her.

  • Toni Bittner Casson Posted February 23, 2015 12:00 am

    What a wonderful Lady Beverly was, I so enjoyed visiting with her when she would walk into Henderson picking up garbage along the way. She would always report what the favorite brand of cigarettes,beer and soda was for the week. Heaven gained an Angel for sure…so sorry for the loss of your Mother, Aunt, Grandmother

  • Kristine Schoening Posted February 24, 2015 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your families. I enjoyed all the times when Bev used to come into the courthouse doing research and genealogy.

    She possessed a wealth of knowledge. Bev will be greatly missed in the community.

  • David Bristow Posted February 24, 2015 12:00 am

    When I was a teenager your mom invited me up to the house east of Henderson. She must have been missing you both and Leo for some reason because she wanted to feed me lunch and play her new game of lawn darts. Somehow we both survived that and, frankly, it made me feel privileged. Dave and Denny, Jodi and Shirley, I love that memory and am very sorry about her passing.

  • Marilyn Wax Jensen Posted February 25, 2015 12:00 am

    Denny, Dave, and Family, Bev was a special lady, who always greeted me with a smile. More than once, she caught me up on NV news, when my dad and I ate lunch at Shirley’s. My prayers are with you as you tell her goodbye for now.

  • Kim Smith Posted February 25, 2015 12:00 am

    Oh the memories – Sun. afternoons at Grandma Smith’s house with Aunts Beverly, Barbara, Catherine and Mom Jacque doing their fancy work; visiting the farm in Henderson with all the animals (cats, peacock, llama, etc.); the more recent versions of “busy fingers” with cousin Jane, Mom and Bev; and that sense of humor Bev had. What great memories. Hugs to you all.

  • Bambi Byers Posted February 25, 2015 12:00 am

    Denny and Dave,

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a special lady, and a great supporter of the town of Henderson. We had a lot of conversations of music (organs mainly), and she gave me some good advice. She will be greatly missed, and Henderson won’t be the same without her.

  • steve kirschbaum Posted March 3, 2015 12:00 am

    We are very sorry for your loss of Bev she will be sadly missed by all who know her. Our best to you and your family

  • Sandy Spidell Posted November 3, 2015 12:00 am

    Sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She was a good friend to my grandmother, they even shared a birthday… She was always there with a genealogy answer, and stories about my grandmother and other family. She was quite a lady.

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *