Viola I. Boardway

OSWEGO, NY – Viola I. Boardway left this earthly world to live in eternal peace with her husband, Richard; son, Fred; and grandson, Adam on Sunday June 3, 2018.

Born in Oswego on November 6, 1927, she was the daughter of Richard and Flavia (Allen) Guernsey.

Viola graduated from Oswego High School in 1945, met and married Richard J. Boardway, and had five children – Carol (Michael) Fitzsimmons of Oswego, Richard David (Sandra) of Mineral, Va., Frederick, Alan (Kathleen) of Penfield, NY, and Anne (Mark) Backer of Oswego.

Viola was an exceptional seamstress creating prize winning quilts, bridal and formal attire, and other handcrafted items, as well as doing alterations at home and for the MJ McDonald’s and Shapiro’s clothing stores.

Viola began her working career at the Montgomery Wards Catalog store in Oswego where she met Richard shortly after his return from the war.

She also worked as a postal clerk at the Minetto Post Office, Aid at St. Luke’s Health Related Facility and for Cooperative Extension as an instructor and regional coordinator with the 4-H program.

She was a member of the Fulton Garden Club, Lake Country Quilt Guild, RSVP and Harborfest volunteer, and member, volunteer, and past president of the Oswego Hospital Auxiliary.

Viola was a communicant of the Hall Newman Center.

She is survived by four of her five children; six grandchildren – Rebecca and Matthew Fitzsimmons, Rene’ Blanding, Kyle Backer, Megan Scouten and Kaden Boardway; and one great-grandchild, Kaius Scouten.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 25 at the Hall Newman Center with internment at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to People Against Poverty c/o the Hall Newman Center, 36 New St., Oswego, NY 13126; by check to Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Box 3624-DUMC, Durham, NC 27710; or on-line at in memory of Viola Boardway.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.

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  1. Carol and all the family- so saddened to read of your Mom’s passing. She was quite a lady and will always be remembered fondly by so many. Take comfort in your happy memories. You will always have them. With love and prayers, Marion & Roger Looker

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