MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 3, 2013

Doris Helen Cronin Boyer

1922 - 2013


— Doris Helen Cronin Boyer, born April 3, 1922, passed away on November 29, 2013, at the age of 91. She was born on a farm outside Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Her family was part of the Squaretop community; Doris attended the one-room Squaretop School through eighth grade before attending Cheyenne High School. After her graduation, she worked for the Roger Mills County Treasurer’s office for several years. She was an active member of the Cheyenne Methodist Church, and founded a children’s fellowship group called the Friendly Class.

In the mid 1950s, Doris and her father, Bill Cronin, left Cheyenne for Oklahoma City so that she could begin college to become a teacher. She worked the night shift as a teletype setter operator and attended day classes at Oklahoma City University. However, she interrupted her college career when she met the love of her life, Paul Sherman Boyer; they were married on January 26, 1958, at the Mayfair Heights Methodist Church. Paul was a minister of the Methodist Church (now the United Methodist Church), and served churches throughout Oklahoma during their marriage.

The couple welcomed daughter Doris Pauline, suffered the enormous loss of son Paul Sherman Jr. a year later, and welcomed son Paul Angie three years after.

After 15 years, Paul and Doris decided that it was time for her to finish her education and fulfill her dream of teaching. She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State College (now Northeastern State University) in 1970 at the age of 48, and began her teaching career the following fall, teaching first grade at Hilldale Elementary School in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  In the early years of her career, she taught alongside future State Superintendent of Education Sandy Garrett, and was always proud to have done so.

Doris was a dedicated and much beloved teacher at Hilldale. When her husband Paul passed away in May 1991, she insisted on returning to be at the last day of school on the day after his funeral. She spent her entire teaching career at Hilldale, teaching first grade for 27 years and first and second grade reading intervention for another 7. She was legendary for loving playground duty and insisting on being included in the rotation. She was profiled by the Muskogee Phoenix on two occasions. She retired at age 82 after 34 years in the classroom.

After retirement, Doris moved back to Oklahoma City in 2009 to be closer to family, and remained there until her death. The family thanks the staff at Legend Assisted Living, Council Road, and Harbor Light Hospice, for their generous, thoughtful, and respectful care. Their actions helped to make Doris’s last years pleasant and comfortable.

For most of her life, Doris made it her mission to mail greeting cards to anyone she knew who was experiencing joy, sorrow, difficulties or loneliness.  In her honor, the family asks that anyone who knew her take time to send a card to someone and let that person know that you are thinking of him or her.

Among those greeting Doris at the gates of Heaven were her beloved husband, Paul Sherman Boyer; son, Paul Sherman Boyer, Jr.; bonus son, Gary Dean Rodriguez; sister, Ethel Frances Cronin; brother, Leonard William Cronin; parents, W.A. “Bill” Cronin and Anna Ethel Stephens Cronin; and a host of family members and friends. Missing her in this life are her daughter, Pauline Boyer Rodriguez-Atkins and husband Parker Atkins, of Oklahoma City; son, Paul Angie Boyer and companion, Jennifer Sandford, of Aurora, CO; bonus daughter, Michelle Thompson Boyer, of Denver, CO; niece, Anne Cronin Puffinbarger and husband Loy Puffingarger, of Edmond; and a large extended family and group of friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 5, 10:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne.  Pauline and Parker will receive visitors on the evening of Tuesday, December 3, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Mercer Adams Funeral Home, 3925 N. Asbury, Bethany, OK.  Condolences may be sent to the family at 8117 NW 82nd St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73132.  Plans for a memorial service to be held in Muskogee will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care at 1501 NW 24th St., Ste. 214, Oklahoma City, OK, 73106, or online at http://circleofcare.org/help/opportunities.html.

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