Elizabeth Lee Boardman Richmond
January 07, 1926 ‒ November 01, 2019
Elizabeth Lee Boardman Richmond, 93, died peacefully Nov. 1, 2019, following a long illness with Alzheimer’s. Elizabeth was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Rev. Edwin Boardman and Muriel Welstead Boardman.
Elizabeth grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated from high school there, then after a year of working as a telephone operator, she followed her sister Gertrude to Ashland College. She met Samuel Isaac Richmond from Nappanee, Indiana, at Ashland. After graduating, they married on Aug. 30, 1948. They had five children, Samuel, Harry, Mark, Reed, and Elizabeth Lee. She worked on her post graduate degree at Kent State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Speech. She taught at Ashland College for nearly 30 years, eventually serving as Chair of the Department of Speech and Drama.
Known as Dr. Beth to her hundreds and hundreds of students, she was a beloved teacher appreciated for her compassion and also signature acerbic wit. At age 84, she moved to Bellville to live with her son Reed and his wife Joan, where she stayed for eight years, enjoying country life for the first time. Always an avid, active gardener, she spent most days working in the yard, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons Samuel I. (Caryl) Richmond of Ashland, Mark Evan (Peggy) Richmond of New Springfield, Reed James (Joan) Richmond of Bellville, and daughter Elizabeth Lee (Paul) Panza of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Leann (Milan) Tanaskovic, Tracy Richmond, Josie Richmond, Dr. Rebecca (Kyle) Campbell, Dr. Catherine (Isaac) Stoner, and Mark Evan (Danelle) Richmond; great grandchildren Eric Tanaskovic, Harlee and Richard Richmond, Mariah Elizabeth Stoner, and two more great-granddaughters on the way; and her sister Muriel Aurand of Shelby. She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel, son Harry, grandson Samuel Isaac Richmond II, sister Gertrude, and brother Edwin (Ned) Boardman.
Services will take place in January, when the family traditionally gathered for her birthday, at the Bellville All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Edwin Boardman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent to Ashland University 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
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