Damascus, MD-Marietta (Mary) Hervatin Boswell passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. She resided in Damascus, Maryland for 52 years.
She is survived by two children, Nancy Long (David) of Rockville, MD and Jane Boswell of Mt. Airy, MD; and daughter-in-law, Deidre Lewis Boswell of Frederick, MD. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Dottie Boswell of Morgantown and Nancy Hervatin of Akron, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Boswell; son, Robert Alan Boswell; and by her five brothers.
Marietta was born in Rivesville, Marion County, WV on Feb. 7, 1932, to Grace Verdura and Joe Hervatin.
She was a graduate of Rivesville Senior High School. Graduating from Fairmont State College in 1953, she was an accomplished athlete, lettering in tennis by playing on the men’s varsity team and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physical Education at West Virginia University in 1954. Later she was inducted into Fairmont State University’s Sports Hall of Fame for being the first woman to letter in a sport at the University and for her other achievements throughout her life: obtaining #1 status both nationally and internationally for her age group, winning two Golden Grand Slams in both singles and doubles which was awarded at the US Open, was a member of United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis Cup Teams representing the US in international competition for 10 years, two USTA national titles for Senior Mother/Daughter tournaments and several Senior Olympics championships. In 2012 she was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 1954 she married Robert Boswell, also a physical education teacher with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Their life together included teaching in West Virginia, Florida and Maryland, from 1962-1990 in Montgomery County, the last 24 years at Damascus High School until her retirement. For 20 years she and her husband owned and operated Great Meadows Day Camp.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and were inspired by her.
A memorial service will be held in White Sulphur Springs on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Fairmont State Foundation at fsufoundation.org for Student Athlete Scholarships, or you can mail your donation to: Fairmont State Foundation, Student Athlete Scholarships, 1300 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.